Pilot Truck Stop issues statement in response to viral video controversy
AMARILLO, Texas (KVII) —
A video posted to Facebook from the Pilot Flying J Truck Stop in Amarillo on Saturday that went viral has stirred up some controversy.
The video posted on the account of truck driver Dave Moore shows him standing in front the truck stop talking about how the flag pole at the location is not flying the American flag. During the video, Moore says that he talked to employees inside who told him that the flag was removed after several complaints from people born outside of the U.S.
Moore continues by stating that he will discontinue his business with Pilot Flying J unless it is an emergency and there's nowhere else to go.
Since Saturday, the video has received more than 8,900 reactions and 59,519 shares on Facebook.
Pilot Flying J, today, released a statement addressing the reason the flag has been taken down at several locations. According to the statement, the company says it is proudly American, started by a Korean War veteran 60 years ago.
Pilot goes on to say that their current policy is that an American flag can only be displayed at their locations if it can be flown according to military protocol. The company says its goal is to ensure that the flag is shown the respect it deserves and they are currently working to repair flag poles at locations that have one, in order to ensure it is in proper condition to display the flag.
FULL STATEMENT BELOW:
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.