WMass veterans demand that Hampshire College let the US flag fly

WMass veterans demand that Hampshire College let the US flag fly

August 15, 2019 1 By Stanley Isaacs


SOME WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS VETERANS ARE OUTRAGED AFTER HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE DECIDED TO STRIP THE AMERICAN FLAG FROM THE MAIN FLAGPOLE IN THE CENTER OF CAMPUS. 22 NEWS REPORTER TIFFANY CHAN TALKED TO VETS ABOUT WHAT THE FLAG MEANS TO THEM. VETERANS ARE SENDING A STRONG MESSAGE TO HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE’S PRESIDENT… DEMANDING THAT HE LET THE FLAG FLY. “PUT THE FLAG BACK UP.” IN A CONTROVERSIAL MOVE, HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE HAS DECIDED NOT TO FLY THE AMERICAN FLAG ON THE MAIN FLAG POLE IN THE CENTER OF CAMPUS. SOME WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS VETERANS ARE FURIOUS. WORLD WAR II VETERAN HECTOR PAGE TOLD 22 NEWS THE COLLEGE WAS BOTH DISRESPECTFUL AND IRRESPONSIBLE BY TAKING THAT FLAG DOWN. “THESE PEOPLE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE EDUCATING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE AND THEY’RE TEACHING THE WRONG MESSAGE THAT YOUR COUNTRY IS NOT WORTH FLYING THE FLAG.” HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE’S PRESIDENT JOHNATHAN LASH DECIDED TO REMOVE THE FLAG AFTER AN AMERICAN FLAG WAS BURNED ON CAMPUS FOLLOWING THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. THE SCHOOL HAS SINCE BEEN UNDER IMMENSE PRESSURE TO LET THE FLAG FLY. “GROW UP. RECOGNIZE THE SACRIFICE. INSTEAD OF TAKING THE FLAG DOWN, WHY DON’T YOU SAY THANK YOU PARTICULARLY ON THIS DAY OF THANKSGIVING.” FOR KOREAN WAR VETERAN LOUIS SMOLA… THE FLAG IS A SYMBOL OF HOPE TO OUR NATION’S VETERANS AND SOLIDERS WHO ARE SERVING OVERSEAS. “THEN YOU LOOK AT TWO O’CLOCK AND THERE’S OLD GLORY. HE SAYS EVERYBODY GETS A SECOND WIND. YOU GO IN THERE AND DO THE JOB. YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT I’M SAYING? THE FLAG IS VERY IMPORTANT!” WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS VETS PLAN TO BRING AN AMERICAN FLAG TO HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE ON SUNDAY DURING THEIR PEACEFUL RALLY ON