NC veteran claims he was fired from job for lowering flag on Memorial Day

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A North Carolina veteran claims that he was fired from his job for lowering the flag on Memorial Day.

The Charlotte Observer reported that 29-year-old Allen Thornwell was fired Tuesday from his contract job with Time Warner Cable in Charlotte.

Thornwell told the paper that he lowered the flag to half-staff on Memorial Day and that Time Warner was not happy with him making that decision on his own.

“It was important for me to lower the flag to half-staff on Memorial Day in memory of all those service members who gave their lives – gave the ultimate sacrifice – in order for us to have the freedoms that we have today,” he said.

Time Warner Cable confirmed that Thornwell “was no longer under contract” with the company but declined further comment.

Thornwell served with the Marines in both Iraq and Afghanistan before being discharged in 2014.

Read full story: The Charlotte Observer

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