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Michigan Man Upset with Houston Half-Staff Tribute

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Michigan Man Upset with Houston Half-Staff Tribute

CREATED Feb. 20, 2012

Whitney Houston was laid to rest Sunday next to her father at a New Jersey cemetery. Houston's funeral was held Saturday at the church where she sang as a child.

Sunday morning, a police escort led the singer's closest family and friends to a private burial at her gravesite.

One Michigan man is outraged by the fact that flags flew at half-staff in New Jersey in Whitney Houston's honor. John Burri, who lives in Kalamazoo, says that tribute should be reserved for those who died fighting for the country.

His son Eric died in Iraq in 2005, when his humvee hit an IED. To show his anger, Burri burned a New Jersey state flag outside his home this weekend.

"Maybe it's a little drastic, I know, 'that's a little extreme', but I'm sorry, this is how much it hurts. This is how much a slap in the face it is to all that have served and given their life," Burri said.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie stood by his decision, saying Houston was a "daughter" of the state, and made many cultural and monetary contributions to her homestate.

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