Over 1,000 veterans, who were unhappy with how Hampshire College removed the American flag from campus, hosted a rally at the college, and with them was Old Glory.
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One veteran, David Soucy, told 22News, “I was in Iraq 18 months. I got hurt, spent time at Walter Reed. I came home and there’s no way I’ll let anyone take down the flag, no way. It means a lot to me and my brothers.”
The mayor, Domenic Sarno, was also there in support of the veterans.
“For the students here and the president and board of trustees have risen from what the veterans sacrificed, this flag and not to fly the flag on this campus if you were in some other countries around the world it would be handled very, very differently.”
The president of Hampshire College did not show up for the event.
The controversy at Hampshire College started when they flew the flag at half-staff in wake of the presidential election. After the college received a lot backlash, they decided to get rid of the flags altogether.
According to CBS Boston, flying the flag at half-staff was meant to be a gesture to help provoke “meaningful and respectful dialogue” at the college. Instead, people took it as a sign of disrespect, since the gesture is to mark mourning at the national level.