02/20/2012 12:49 EST | Updated 02/20/2012 12:52 EST

John Burri: Veteran's Father Burns Flag Over Whitney Houston Flag-Lowering


AP -- A western Michigan man whose son was killed while serving in the military has burned a replica of New Jersey's flag to protest that state's decision to lower it in honour of performer Whitney Houston.

John Burri set the flag alight Saturday on a grill outside his home in Wyoming, near Grand Rapids.

The 60-year-old Burri says lowering flags should be done for men and women who have given their lives in service to the United States. He told The Detroit News and The Grand Rapids Press that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's decision takes away the meaning of lowering flags.

Army Specialist Eric Burri died in 2005 in Baghdad. Michigan flags were lowered in his honour.

Houston, a New Jersey native, died Feb. 11 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

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