Hippies memorialize those who turned their backs on troops

| Tuesday, November 16, 2010 | |
Memorial Day is a special day in State College, Pa.

Each year, the town's hippies, like those college hippies around the country, recall the tradition of turning their backs on the nation's fighting men and women. It's a proud tradition.

"My great-great-grandfather castigated those who served in the Union Army during the Civil War," said Karlton Fletcher. "Calling them, Butchers of Atlanta, for seeking to enforce the imperial will of the Republican government on the southern states and their unique economic needs."

Domenick Banns, a protest veteran of Desert Storm, said most Americans fail to understand that their actions do support the troops.

"We do support the troops," said Banns. "It's just that we support the troops of countries and ideologies that are fighting American troops."



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