Marine Veteran Fired for Lowering Flag to Half-Mast on Memorial Day

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There are some epic idiots on the loose in this country. Here’s the story of at least one of them. And it will likely make your blood boil. A former Marine was fired by Time Warner Cable in Charlotte after he lowered the American Flag at his office to half-mast on Memorial Day. [Scroll Down For Video]

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Allen Thornwell, 29, was remembering his best friend, a former Marine who Thornwell said killed himself two years ago when he returned to the U.S. from. As many of you know, this is shockingly common. There is an epidemic of suicides.

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Thornwell had been working for a job placement service. When Time Warner fired him, the company told the job service that they were disturbed by Thornwell’s “passion for the flag and [his] political affiliation.”

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Let me just repeat that one more time, for those of you who may need to read it again. Thornwell was fired because of his “passion for the flag and [his] political affiliation.”

Murphy Archibald, Thornwell’s attorney, says what we all already know: his client shouldn’t have been fired.

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“It’s disgraceful,” Archibald, who is a Vietnam vet, told the Charlotte Observer. “He didn’t do anything wrong. He’s a veteran working on Memorial Day who corrected what he thought was a disrespectful flying of the American flag … I would have taken it down myself.”

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The U.S. Flag Code states that the banner is to be flown at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day. The incident happened at around 2:30 p.m., but the flag had not been lowered at all that day.

“I didn’t think of it as the property of Time Warner Cable,” Thornwell said. “It’s everybody’s flag.”

Time Warner confirmed to the Charlotte Observer the former Marine “was no longer under contract” with the company. They’re not saying anything else. My guess is that the person who made the initial statement about Thornwell’s “passion for the flag” may well be looking for a job, too.