If you drove through downtown Rahway on 4th of July weekend, this is what you would see flying all around town instead of the Flag of the United States of America.
You are not seeing things, it is a blue pennant with a pot of flowers. Instead of honoring our country, the City of Rahway decided to honor the Arts.
The Rahway Republican Committee (along with many Rahway citizens) is outraged at this disgrace. There is no excuse for the lack of respect shown to our Nation’s Birthday by the City of Rahway.
Rahway has a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Abraham Clark, buried in Rahway Cemetery! Rahway had battles and troop movements all around it during the Revolutionary War! General Washington visited Rahway! Troops are buried from the Civil War in Rahway. Rahway has hundreds of veterans living in town and lost soldiers in all the wars. We have many active troops serving now!
Driving to the communities of Clark, Linden, and Woodbridge, right next door to Rahway, all the downtown streets in those towns were decked with the American Flag. This is commonplace across our country as it should be.
Three years ago the city ended its fireworks on the Fourth because of financial reasons. Now the city doesn’t decorate the downtown with Old Glory on July 4th anymore?
A former Rahway public works employee commented, “In my entire career with the city, we always flew flags downtown every year. I even put it up in the rain some years, I can’t believe they did this.”
Rahway residents have to go to Clark, Cranford, or Elizabeth to see fireworks. How is it these communities can afford to have Fireworks and Rahway can’t?
If you watch the town meetings, the Mayor and everyone else clams we are on firm financial ground and are doing better then most towns. You would think the city would have something for its citizens. Rahway used to be the host of a prestigious bike race for over 60 years and then that was dropped.
So what’s the explanation for not flying flags downtown in downtown like every other year in the past 150 years?
Rahway GOP Chair
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