After an American flag was flown at half-staff then burned in protest of President-Elect Donald Trump's victory, Hampshire College of Amherst, Massachusetts decided the ban the flying of the U.S. flag on campus altogether, calling it "a powerful symbol of fear."
The community did not appreciate their move and let their disapproval be heard loud and clear on Sunday.
According to Mass Live, various veterans groups pulled together a massive protest in front of the school, waving a sea of American flags, singing patriotic songs, and calling for taxpayer-funded aid to be pulled from the private college unless they reversed their decision.
The mayor of nearby Springfield joined another city leader and state representative in demanding that Hampshire College raise the flag again.
Mayor Domenic Sarno spoke through a microphone, saying, "I would just hope that Hampshire College and its leadership would rethink this and show the proper respect for the opportunities that you have here, not somewhere else but here in the United States."
Sarno made it clear that instead of being a "powerful symbol of fear," he believes the American flag is "the beacon of hope, freedom and democracy. And that is because of each and every one of our veterans, and those veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice."
Veteran Micah Welintokonis expressed, "Coddling young men and women old enough to serve our country has zero educational value. I am frustrated by the things going on in this country. Let us pray for our nation to move forward together."
WWLP 22 News estimated at least 1,000 veterans from all over New England showed up to protest.
Veteran David Soucy exclaimed, “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 protest was peaceful, disrupted only by an anti-protest protester who tried to mess up a group photo by standing in the middle of it and making obscene gestures.
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