- The Washington Times - Monday, June 6, 2016

A North Carolina veteran is demanding an apology from Time Warner Cable after he said he was fired last week for lowering the company’s American flag to half-staff on Memorial Day.

Sgt. Allen Thornwell, a 29-year-old former Marine who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, said he did not think to ask permission before lowering the flag in front of Time Warner’s Charlotte building, The Charlotte Observer reported. He said he was thinking about his best friend, a former Marine who he said killed himself two years ago after he returned to the U.S.

Sgt. Thornwell said one of the security guards inside the building told him, “It’s company policy that no one touches the flagpole.”

Within minutes, the flag was back at full-staff.

The veteran voiced his frustrations over the treatment of the flag in a Facebook video, in which he mentioned Time Warner by name, the Observer reported.

He can reportedly be heard cursing twice in the short video he shot at the scene with his phone before returning back to work.

“This is what the people back home think about us,” he said in the video.

On Tuesday, Sgt. Thornwell, a network systems administrator, was fired. He said a manager at Principal Solutions Group, the placement service that arranged his job at Time Warner Cable, told him that the company was disturbed by his “passion for the flag and (his) political affiliation,” the Observer reported.

“I’m not even mad right now,” Sgt. Thornwell 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.”

A Time Warner Cable spokesman confirmed Friday that the former Marine “was no longer under contract” with the company but declined further comment.

Sgt. Thornwell said he’s looking for a new job, but first would like Time Warner Cable to apologize to him and other vets.


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