Daniel E. Walker
|Daniel E. Walker|
|Born||September 19, 1927|
|Died||September 16, 2009
Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, USA
|Alma mater||United States Military Academy|
|Spouse(s)||Patricia Ann Walker|
|Children||Russell W. Walker
David E. Walker
Dana W. Purczinsky
Daniel E. Walker, known as Dan Walker (September 19, 1927 – September 16, 2009), was a United States Army veteran from Fort Worth, Texas, who received international attention for properly disposing of a burned American flag.
Flag burial incident
In 1984, after protesters burned an American flag during the Republican National Convention, Walker retrieved the leftover remains. He buried them in his backyard according to official military guidelines. Walker said, "I didn’t want somebody sweeping it up with a broom and putting it in an ashcan."[dead link]
The flag burning incident eventually led to the 1989 United States Supreme Court decision of Texas v. Johnson which upheld flag burning as a freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution by a narrow 5-4 decision.
Walker was married to Patty Walker and they had two sons and a daughter. He was a deacon-emeritus of the McKinney Memorial Bible Church in Fort Worth and sang with the oratorio chorus at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Walker died of prostate cancer on September 16, 2009.
- "Jan Jarvis, "Humble man gained national attention for burying flag that had been set on fire at protest"". Fort Worth Star-Telegram, September 16, 2009. Retrieved September 22, 2009.[dead link]
- "Last Roll Call". United States Military Academy. Retrieved September 22, 2009.
- "Background Summary and Questions • • •,Texas v. Johnson (1989), Landmark Supreme Court Cases". Retrieved 2008-02-05.