Sparr Building and Farm Supply has been in business since 1947. We started from one small store and have since grown to three stores – Sparr, Williston and Wildwood. We are humble in knowing that the foundation of our success has been because of our family-oriented business style and a love and respect for our community and of our great nation.
Sparr Building and Farm Supply showcases the American flag with pride at our stores, weather permitting. Each night, the flags are lowered, folded and stored in accordance to the standard flag code of the United States of America. Our American pride goes beyond just flying the American flag at our three locations and offering discounts to the men and women of our military. We also strongly believe in Freedom of Speech in the United States, which is protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
With that being said, we have respectfully refrained from addressing an emotional post that has gone viral within the community on social media. Not because the statement was factual, but because we respect that everyone has a right to express his or her feelings and that right is provided to them through our Constitution. However, it is time to address the false accusations. On July 6, 2015, a customer entered our store, creating an uncomfortable scene for our employees and others who were in the store shopping because of a flag that was displayed on the back of an employee’s personal vehicle in the parking lot.
In this particular incident, a choice was made by the employee who displayed the Confederate flag on his personal vehicle, to defuse the situation by covering the flag only until after his shift that day. He was not forced to do so, as the false social media post indicates. He discussed it with the manager of the store first, and then made the decision to calm the customer out of respect for someone else’s viewpoint. According to the employee’s statement, he made the decision to cover the American flag as well, because he didn’t want to have one raised without the other.
Sparr Building and Farm Supply will never waiver from our respect and great love for the United States of America. This includes the American flag. This includes our brave military members and veterans. We are Americans. We love our country. And we will NEVER remove the American flags from our stores and would NEVER require an employee to do so. God bless America.
Sam and Paul Howard
and the Staff of Sparr Building and Farm Supply