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Because a former U.S. Marine paid respect to the nation’s fallen by lowering the flag to half-staff on Memorial Day, he was fired from his contract position with Time Warner Cable in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Allen Thornwell, 29, said he never considered asking his employer’s permission or thought he was doing anything wrong, according to The Charlotte Observer. Instead Thornwell, who had served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, was thinking of the meaning behind the holiday and his best friend, Geoff, a fellow Marine who had taken his own life after returning to the United States.
When he was dismissed the following day, the service that had arranged for Thornwell’s employment told him that Time Warner was disturbed by his “passion for the flag and (his) political affiliation.”
He told the paper that he’s still in shock over what happened.
“I’m not even mad right now,” he told The Observer. “I don’t know what kind of moral compass you need to fire a veteran on Memorial Day for lowering the flag.”
Time Warner confirmed Friday that Thornwell “was no longer under contract” but declined to say anything further.
The former Marine attained the job through Principal Solutions Group, which also declined to comment.
One person who is talking is Thornwell’s attorney, Murph Archibald, whom he hired after the incident.
“It’s disgraceful,” Archibald, a Vietnam vet, told the paper. “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.”
Thornwell had his own thoughts on the act.
“I didn’t think of it as the property of Time Warner Cable,” he said. “It’s everybody’s flag.”
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