Veterans are among the most respected and revered members of American society. Their sacrifice of time served, time spent away from family, and for some, wounds both physical and mental, compel us to honor them.
Officers of the American Legion were dining at a Dave & Buster’s in Michigan when they were asked to remove their jackets that display the American flag or leave the restaurant. They were told the restaurant didn’t allow ‘evidence of gang affiliation’. (via Military.com)
The American Legion is a non-profit organization formed in 1919 by Congress for veterans to come together to promote charitable efforts. They run youth mentoring programs, work in the community, advocate patriotism, and a number of other activities. Since their founding they have been a massive boon to the communities they serve and are among the more charitable citizens this nation has.
This contrasts sharply with Dave & Buster’s assessment of the veterans as members of a gang when asked to hide their vests. According to April Spearman, a spokeswoman for the restaurant, it didn’t matter that they were veterans working in the community: “Though we understand that the American Legion promotes a positive mission, for consistency reasons we cannot allow motorcycle jackets displaying patches or rockers.” (via Military.com)
The disrespect shown to the veterans was based on a policy the company follows to “ensure that everyone is able to enjoy themselves in a fun and safe environment.”
Victor Murdock, one of the veterans asked to leave the restaurant, said he understands the policy in place, but not how it affected them. He said, “I get it. Everyone has to have a policy to keep the unwanted element out. But an American flag and a bald eagle does not represent a gang element.”
Spokesman Spearman eventually apologized on behalf of the restaurant, saying, “We are extremely grateful to all of our active members and veterans and are honored to have them as guests in any of our locations. Our policies are in no way meant to be disrespectful and we apologize for any frustration this may have caused.”
While the restaurant was in the wrong to claim that the American Legion’s vests were evidence of gang affiliation, it’s likely they are acting under the influence of liberals and their crusade of political correctness. The corporation is like many others that seek to appease the always displeased left or risk their wrath.
It’s unfortunate that our society has descended to a place where the American Legion is considered a gang and the American flag is deemed evidence of gang affiliation. Yet when you look at the news and see the latest left-based rally with flag burnings, it’s not hard to see who’s behind the disrespect toward our veterans.
The real gangs are those who commit chaos when they don’t get their way in elections, make casual bomb threats against their leaders, or hold the mock severed head of the president of the United States as a ‘joke’.
As we celebrate this Independence Day, let’s remember the men and women in the past and present who put their lives on the line so we could live our lives in freedom.