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Veteran Protests Ban on Patriotic Decals on Company Vehicles

March 23, 2005

BOSTON – A city worker in Boston is protesting the removal of American flags and other patriotic items from company vehicles, according to the Boston Globe. Charles Livingstone, a Vietnam War veteran, has been handing out fliers protesting the actions taken by his employer, the Boston Water and Sewer Commission, back in May 2004.Livingstone has been a meter technician for 12 years at the commission. The veteran posted anti-commission fliers around the building, and was given a verbal and written warning. He has also passed out 40 to 50 fliers every morning to the State House, Sen. John F. Kerry's residence, City Hall, and police stations.Jeanne Richardson, a commission spokeswoman, said Livingstone had a flag on the antenna of his city vehicle. It was removed for safety reasons. Livingstone denied ever having a flag stuck to his antenna, but he said he had a red, white, and blue bumper sticker, a Prisoner of War sticker, and an American flag sticker on his city vehicle.

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