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1,000 Veterans Take A Stand After School Bans The American Flag

A military veteran group led a protest at a private Massachusetts college last week. The group said their protest was in reaction to a decision by the college to remove the American flag from its main flagpole.

Close to 1,000 people came to the veterans’ protest on Sunday at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. The protest was called a “peaceful demonstration of freedom” and “a show of solidarity and respect” for the flag.

In video taken at the event, you can see American flags being waved on a campus green as protesters chant “raise our flag.”

“It’s really two demographics clashing in a sense,” Derek Cloutier, 34, a Marine veteran and a founder of the New England Veterans Alliance, noted in an interview. “There are people that have family that have served or are veterans themselves, and then you have people who might not have anyone in their lives who might have served or don’t know anyone like that.”

Students at Hampshire had lowered the flag to half-staff on Nov. 9th in a “reaction to the toxic tone of the months-long election” the college noted in a statement.

School officials then decided to allow the flag to remain lowered for some time while students and faculty members at the college discussed “deeply held beliefs about what the flag represents to the members of our campus community.”

The president of Hampshire College, Jonathan Lash, said in a statement that some students saw the US flag as “a powerful symbol of fear they’ve felt all their lives because they grew up in marginalized communities, never feeling safe.”

Source: Ny Times
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