Veterans protest flag removal at Hampshire College

by Ashley Afonso | WWLP Massachusetts  |  published on November 28, 2016

Amherst, Mass. (WWLP) – At least one thousand veterans gathered in Amherst this afternoon to protest the removal of the American flag at Hampshire College. 22news spoke to protesters about why they strongly disagreed with the college’s decision.

Freedom is not free. That’s the lesson that hundreds of veterans, their families and friends and other local residents hoped to teach students at Hampshire College Sunday afternoon.

Jerry Maguire, Veteran said, “They took down my flag, they have a right to that, I’m here to defend their right to do that but I want them to understand how bad that hurts me.”

Hundreds gathered to show their support of the American flag and what it stands for after the College removed the flag on campus earlier this week following the presidential election results. A decision by the college that outraged many.

David Soucy, a Veteran 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.”

  • Bob

    If they are too good for the flag, they are too good for Federal Funding. They should loose not only any Federal grants they may be receiving and be prohibited from participating in any federally funded research projects, but this institution should not be allowed to receive any students who are paying with federal funds, like Pell grants, the GI Bill, federal tuition assistance and alike. Let the parents of the students pick up the bills. (Considering how many student go to school on the public funding, my self included, and how much the feds spend on research at colleges and universities, this WILL hurt)

  • Tiger

    I am a veteran. Army nurse. Child of POW and a father who was in the Death March. These people need a lesson and I sure would like to teach a few but it is going to take much more than that. It will take making our Schools whole again from kindergarten on. It will take making them understand this is America, we have a flag that represents our country, you fly it……PERIOD.

    No ifs, ands or buts.

  • Victor

    Few employers said that they will not hire graduates from the college. Wow!
    Who’s decission was to remove the flag? Students or the administration?

  • Tyronne Shoelaces

    Pissy a$$ college fools have no respect for our flag and should have to spend a year in a communist country to see what that flag means.

  • Luke

    Remove the people who made this decision from the shores of America, they do not deserve to be here if they have to disrespect the flag so many died for..

  • 3ronald1

    I’m sick and tired of all these people dishonoring our country’s flag, our police force and our military. Who do they think fought for our freedom? They are despicable people and if they don’t like it here, let them go to Mexico and live. See how they like it. Take any Federal funding away from the college. They don’t deserve it.

  • Frankie Boy

    Fire that jerk college president ! All those phony educators do is spew useless information with no real practical results ! Cut off all their fed funding and listen to them squeal like a bunch of frightened pigs !!!

  • Alltunedj

    What a bunch of morons. Whoever’s in charge at that college needs to grow a pair or be fired!

    • Ted Crawford

      Respectfully NOT “or” rather AND !

  • Leslie Woodhull

    If they are on American soil & they receive ANY Federal funding, take that funding away until they fly the flag again. Period. FREEDOM IS NOT FREE!!

    • Momma Beth

      Wish I could give you a hundred likes!

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