A former Marine was fired from his job with Time Warner on Friday [June 4] for lowering the American flag to half-staff on Memorial Day.

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Allen Thornwell was honoring his Marine friend who killed himself two years ago when he returned to the U.S from overseas deployment. Thornwell’s “passion for the flag and his political affiliation” disturbed Time Warner, therefore, they let him go on Tuesday, according to the Charlotte Observer.

Thornwell was discharged in 2014. The U.S. Flag Code policy states that the banner should be half-staff until noon on Memorial Day. Thornwell said the incident happened around 2:30 p.m. He didn’t think the flag was Time Warner’s property, he believed it was everybody’s flag.


Time Warner refused to comment further.