“Cancel Russia!” » Hotel honors Ukraine by lowering flag of aggressor
“Cancel Russia!” said Hotel Pattee symbolically on Friday when the Russian national flag was removed from the line of flags that line the downtown monument.
Tom Burkgren of Perry Economic Development Inc., which currently owns the Pattee Hotel, ordered the lowering of the Russian flag as a sign of local solidarity with the nation of Ukraine, which is currently under attack by Russian military aggression.
Vexillologists know that the Russian national flag, a horizontal tricolor of white, azure and scarlet, has historical roots in the 17th century but replaced in modern times the flag of the former USSR, the communist bloc that collapsed in 1993.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, and most Western countries responded by imposing a wide range of sanctions aimed at isolating Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that the economic sanctions amounted to a “declaration of war”, according to the Reuters news agency.