Veterans Protest Liberal Millennial Student’s Anti-Flag Fad

A group of veterans gathered together on Sunday to protest the removal of the American flag at Hampshire College in Massachusetts.

Local veterans gathered on the main campus walk of Hampshire College with American flags in hand chanting, “USA”, the Associated Press reports.

The college removed their main American flag after a group of students burned the original one on election night in response to the victory by Trump.

The school originally replaced the flag on November 10th in order to celebrate Veteran’s Day, and placed it at half-mast.

Officials on the College Board came to the conclusion on Friday evening that the flag would be removed indefinitely, so as to deter vandals.

Such a move was received as unacceptable by said protesting veterans.

The Daily Caller reports:

For veterans belonging to the organization Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 754, such a move is unacceptable.

 

“There’s other ways that he (Lash) could have dealt with this,” VFW Post Commander Victor A. Nunez Ortiz said, according to The Recorder. “(Removing) our flag is disrespectful not just to the men and women who have served, but to all Americans who believe our flag is a symbol of freedom.”

The Veterans of Foreign Wars also had support of local Springfield mayor, Domenic Sarno. He believed the decision to remove the flag was disrespectful, especially considering the timeliness of the action.

The major will reportedly attend the next protest to show his support.

The Daily Caller reports:

According to a statement from Sarno’s office, the mayor will “attend [the protest] in support and stand in solidarity with our cherished veterans and our American flag in protest of Hampshire College’s continued refusal to fly the flag, which is so disrespectful to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in order for all of us to live the lives we lead.”

The lack of respect for patriotic symbols of the United States has been an issue as long as 1989, when Gregory Johnson burned a flag outside of the Texas Republican National Convention to protest the policies of President Ronald Reagan.

The case made it all the way to the Supreme Court, which ruled the burning of a flag is protected as a Constitutional right of free speech.

While free speech is undoubtedly important, many are crossing a line in the way they are protesting matters, such as the violent riots after the 2016 election and the continued interference by protesters at the Dakota Access Pipeline.

While kneeling during the National Anthem has become a popular fad amongst athletes and performers, burning the flag is taking protesting to an entirely new level.

The College Board justifies the removal of the flag out of “respect” for their students.

The Daily Caller reports:

“Our goal is to give voice to the range of viewpoints on campus across cultures, and hopefully find common ground,” school spokesman John Courtmanche told CNN. “We’ve heard from members of our community that, for them and for many in our country, the flag is a powerful symbol of fear they’ve felt all their lives because they grew up as people of color, never feeling safe. For others, it’s a symbol of their highest aspirations for the country.”

What are your thoughts?

Is burning the flag a symbol of protest, rightfully protected under First Amendment rights?

Should the school have given in to the protests to remove the flag?

Leave us your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • Jake319

    Yeah, I love the way this rag article uses all vetrens as a crutch to validate the actions of a so called vetrens organization…VFW… When I came home from the military in 1969. The VFW told me that Vietnam wasn’t a war and I could not join. Same was true
    For the American legion. My grandfather and father were past post commanders of the vFW… So pardon me if I don’t give a rats azz what these wanna be VFW patriots say or do. I’m not saying those students were right. What I’m saying is these vets should mind there own business and quit acting like they speak for all vets