Huntsville Veteran Fired After Taking Down Damaged American Flag

A US Navy Veteran in Huntsville says he was fired from his job after he took down a tattered American flag where he worked.

Rick Heilman said he first noticed the flag's condition last Friday.

He says he went to his boss asking if they could change it out, but his boss said no.

Heilman said when he went back to work on Monday, he took down the flag, snapped a few pictures of its rips and tears, folded it up and presented it to his boss.

Heilman says his boss told him that he'd purchased a new flag over the weekend and that the he was letting him go not for taking down the torn flag, but for not following instructions.

"What I wanted to happen has happened. The tattered flag has come down. They have replaced it with a new flag, and I believe that he has hopefully seen the error of his ways in the ways that we handle the flag and the respect that we give veterans and active duty people."

Heilman had only worked at Yearwood Equipment for a few weeks.

Yearwood Equipment would not comment on the matter saying it could not discuss personnel issues.

They did say however, that Heilman was not fired because of the flag.

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