McDonald's, Kent State and Half-Staffing the Flag

Discussion in 'Half Mast / Half Staff' started by Peter Ansoff, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. Peter Ansoff

    Peter Ansoff USA Flag Site Admin

    Last Wendnesday's Washington Post contained an obituary for Fred Turner, who was an early investor in McDonald's and eventually followed founder Ray Kroc as head of the company. It recounted an incident that took place after Ohio National Guardsmen killed four Kent State University students in 1970, during the protest over the American invasion of Cambodia. A group of Southern Illinois University students marched to the local McDonald's and demanded that they lower the flag to half-staff. Ray Kroc instisted that the flags should not be lowered, because he thought that it would be unpatriotic. The franchise owner called Mr. Turner, and asked what to do. Turner replied: "The next delivery truck that arrives, have him back into the flag pole and knock it down."

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