AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno will join a group of western Massachusetts veterans on Sunday, to protest Hampshire College’s decision to remove the American flag from campus.
The controversy started on Wednesday, November 9th, when the flag was lowered to half-staff by students who were unhappy with the results of the presidential election. At the time, several local veterans and community members had told 22News that lowering the flag to half-staff was disrespectful.
The following night, on Thursday November 10th, the college’s American flag was burned. Hampshire College President Jonathon Lash told 22News the incident is still being investigated by campus police.
Hampshire College raised a new flag on Friday, November 11th, in honor of Veterans’ Day. The next day, their Board of Trustees voted to lower the flag to half-staff again, to “facilitate a continued campus dialogue.”
President Lash removed the flag all together, the following week.
Some local veterans were infuriated by the college’s decision to remove the American flag from the college’s campus. World War II Veteran Hector Page told 22News the decision to take the flag down was both disrespectful and irresponsible.
A group of veterans will protest the college’s decision at 1:00 p.m., on Sunday, November 27th. On Saturday, Mayor Domenic Sarno sent out a news release announcing that he will join that protest.
22News will continue to cover this story on-air and online at WWLP.com.