An American flag and an Army windsock fly at a home in Walla Walla, Wash. (Michael Lopez / Associated Press)
By Patrick McGreevy
March 9, 2015
Outraged by an attempt to ban the United States flag from a lobby at UC Irvine, Republican state legislative leaders on Monday proposed a constitutional amendment that would protect Old Glory from being banished from state-funded colleges and universities.
The student executive council at UCI on Saturday vetoed a resolution approved by six undergraduate members of its legislative council that would have removed all flags from the common lobby area of the student government offices.
State Sen. Janet Nguyen (R-Santa Ana) was joined by Senate Republican leader Robert Huff of Diamond Bar in proposing that the amendment be placed on the November 2016 state ballot.
“I came to this country as an immigrant searching for freedom and democracy, and I would not be here today if it were not for the American flag,” Nguyen said, adding U.S. military men and women “fighting throughout the world deserve for us to make every effort to ensure that the American flag is proudly displayed at public universities and colleges throughout California.”
Several Vietnam veterans attended the news conference to support the constitutional amendment, which will be introduced Wednesday. The Irvine incident angered veterans including Ted Adams, president of a Sacramento chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America.
“What is going on down in Irvine is really appalling to me because I lost good friends defending our flag,” Adams said during the news conference. “I lost blood myself. I was wounded twice, so you don’t mess with my flag.”
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