National Park Service denies ordering removal of American flag at Denali National Park

The National Park Service (NPS) has disputed assertions that park officials at Denali National Park directed a construction crew to refrain from flying the American flag during Memorial Day weekend. The rumor seems to have originated from a piece by Alaska Watchman, a conservative news publication, which cited an anonymous construction worker. The report claimed that the crew, working on a 475-foot-long bridge at the park, was allegedly informed they could no longer display the American flag from their vehicles or heavy machinery.On Friday, Republican Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan sent a letter to the NPS director demanding an explanation for the allegations and an investigation into the supposed incident.

“This is an outrage – particularly in the lead-up to our most solemn national holiday, Memorial Day, a time when Americans come together to honor those that gave their lives in service to our nation, while wearing our country’s flag,” he wrote in the letter. “The American flag, especially on Memorial Day weekend, should be celebrated, not censored by federal government employees.”Sullivan, who shared a copy of the letter on X, formerly Twitter, said “there is no federal regulation or law that I can conceive of that would ban the flying of the American flag on public land.”

“It is absurd and defies all logic that a federal contractor, working on a project funded by American taxpayers, in a National Park – the week before Memorial Day – is forbidden from flying the American flag. I cannot conceive of a federal law or regulation that mandates this,” he finished the letter.

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Landscape in Denali National Park.

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On Sunday, the NPS released a statement refuting the report, labeling the allegations as “false.””At no time did an NPS official attempt to prohibit the American flag from the project site or associated vehicles,” the statement read. “The NPS neither manages the bridge project contract, nor holds the authority to enforce terms or policies related to the contract or contractors performing the work.”The statement added: “The American flag can be observed at various locations within Denali National Park – at park facilities and campsites, on public and private vehicles, and at employee residences – and we welcome its display this Memorial Day weekend and every day.”

Lucia Suarez Sang

Lucia Suarez Sang is an associate managing editor. Previously, Lucia was the director of digital content at FOX61 News in Connecticut and has previously written for outlets including, Fox News Latino and the Rutland Herald.

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