Residents of one Connecticut town said they received hate mail after flying American flags outside their homes.
Ashley Meyer, of Marlborough, Connecticut, said she flies more than a dozen flags outside her home to honor those who sacrificed their lives for freedom. Meyer pointed to the flags during an interview with WFSB-TV, telling the reporter that "there are 12 flags on the bottom. Two up top. One in honor of my grandfather. The other in honor of our other friends who have served our country."
Marlborough resident Ken Hjulstrom, whose son is an Iraq War veteran and whose father was a World War II veteran, also flies Old Glory outside his home. Both Meyer and Hjulstrom said their display of patriotism recently came under fire when they each received what Hjulstrom described as racist and anti-Semitic hate mail.
“This, I think, is really over the top in terms on content,” Hjulstrom told WFSB.
Meyer read some of the contents in the mailer during the local television interview.
"Typical, ignorant flag supporter," Meyer said, reading one of the papers. Another flyer quoted Mark Twain as saying, "Never underestimate the power of ignorant people in large numbers." Other contents in the envelopes called attention to the staggering national debt, which is currently nearly $20 trillion, as well as a news article citing a study that found the War in Iraq killed half a million Iraqi civilians.
“Someone took all this time to send through the mail all this information," Meyer said.
"Clearly, they have no patriotism and aren't proud of our country,” she added.
It's not clear who exactly sent the mailers. Meyer and Hjulstrom told police about the hate mail.
A spokesperson for the Marlborough Police Department did not immediately respond Tuesday to a request for comment from TheBlaze.
Regardless of who sent them, though, Hjulstrom said he won't let someone else's hate impede his patriotism.
“I'm a very proud American, Hjulstrom told WFSB.
Meyer said the hate mail just highlights the need for everyone to come together.
“I hope everybody in Connecticut puts flags up everywhere just to show people like this who are so hateful that we need to ban together," Hjulstrom said.
(H/T: Fox News)