Roughly 1,000 veterans gathered at a college in western Massachusetts on Sunday that previously made the decision to stop flying all American flags on campus after students burned a flag to protest Donald Trump’s election victory.
The president of Hampshire College, Jonathan Lash sent out an email to students saying that no American flags are allowed to be flown “for the time being” after the flag was taken down off a flagpole and burned.
The college’s decision outraged many people, including veterans.
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,” veteran Jerry Maguire told WWLP-TV.
Veterans from all over the New England region, as well as Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno.
“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,” Sarno said.