Last year, in celebration of the Fourth of July, several children in Duluth – with the help of their parents – painted a large American flag on the asphalt in their cul-de-sac. Now neighbors are complaining – saying the display “denigrated the flag” – and the Duluth City Council has recommended it’s removal.
Nine-year-old Rachel Renbarger who assisted with the painting, stepped to the microphone during Monday’s city council meeting, took full responsibility, and made a tearful apology:
Rachel Renbarger, age 9, who admitted to wielding a paintbrush, just took responsibility.
Her voice was both humble and candid, and she pretty much stole the show in the small, packed City Hall.
“I am so sorry,” said Rachel, her voice cracking and her eyes tearing up.
“We will do whatever it takes to remove it — me and my sister. I am so sorry.”
The city council feared that allowing this painting to stay might set a dangerous precedent, which is understandable (I guess). But that being said, it is a sad day when a little girl feels compelled to apologize to a group of elected officials for an innocent display of patriotism.