AMARILLO, Texas- The ownership of Pilot Trave4l Centers LLC has issued a statement following a viral video and subsequent memes and other social media content that claim they have removed the American flag in order not not offend those not born here.
The video allegedly posted by ruck driver Dave Moore shows him standing at the truck stop talking the location not flying the American flag. Moore says that he talked to gas station staff who he says told him that the flag was removed after several complaints by foreigners. It has now over 3 million views.
Here is Pilot’s statement:
“We are proudly American – started by a Korean War veteran 60 years ago. Pilot Flying J shows that pride in all of our locations, whether that’s a flag outside, promoting military products in our stores, or through our many philanthropic efforts with organizations such as Bunker Labs, Fisher House Foundation, Operation Honor Guard, Special Operations Wounded Warrior, and Wreaths Across America.
Our current policy is that an American flag can only be displayed at our locations if it can be flown according to military protocol. What many may not know is there are very specific rules and protocols to properly fly a flag; everything from how it’s raised and flown, to how it’s lit at night. Our goal is to ensure we show the flag the respect it deserves at our locations that fly the red, white and blue. We are currently working to ensure that the flag poles at the locations that have a flag pole are repaired and in proper working condition to do so.”