A U.S. Army veteran spoke out after he was directed to take down an American flag while he tailgated outside an Atlanta Braves game.
“My whole life, it’s been our country, our family, and the Braves,” Adam Mourdock told CBS 46.
On Monday night, they went to tailgate at Braves Lot 29 North before the game.
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“I fly a flag, an American flag directly above an Atlanta Braves flag at all the home games,” he says.
After arriving at the tailgate before the game, Mourdock put up his flag just as he does every time he attends a game. However, a parking attendant walked up to him and said he was breaking the rules.
“She said you need to take it down. It’s against the policy,” he says.
Mourdock asked to speak with a supervisor, and the attendant told him she was the supervisor.
“There was no explanation, there was no policy in writing other than today that flag needs to come down,” he says.
We found out the Braves do not have a policy that says that you cannot fly flags.
“I’m an Army veteran, I fought for the right for Americans to fly their flags, and for someone to tell you you can’t fly it at a baseball game, that’s not the right place,” he says.
Despite this unfortunate incident, Mourdock still appreciates what the Braves organization has done for veterans.
“They treat vets with the up most respect. The way they treat people who have served our country is top notch. To be treated that way by one of their employees is not only offsetting, but it was disappointing,” he says.
The Braves apologized to the veteran and told him he should have been able to fly his American flag.
Mourdock plans to fly his flag proudly at the next Braves home game.
This is AMERICA, and the American flag, the symbol of AMERICA.
No one has the right to stop you from flying the flag of a country you are in.
Fly that flag!
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