Members of a Virginia Beach-based special warfare unit have been reprimanded for flying a Donald Trump campaign flag from a Humvee during training in Kentucky, a Navy spokeswoman said Tuesday.
Lt. Jacqui Maxwell said in an email that members of Naval Special Warfare Group Two were found to have “violated the spirit and intent” of Defense Department regulations that guide the flying of flags and “the apparent endorsement of political activities” after they were seen flying a blue flag from the lead vehicle in a convoy driving near Fort Knox, Ky., in January.
Images quickly spread across social media and several news outlets, including the Louisville Courier-Journal, picked them up.
The Navy warned service members throughout last year’s primary and general elections against appearing to endorse a political candidate in an official capacity.
Maxwell did not say how many service members were reprimanded or how.
“Administrative corrective measures were taken with each individual based on their respective responsibility,” she wrote Tuesday.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A 40-foot-tall (12 meters) cross-shaped war memorial standing on public land in Maryland does not constitute government endorsement of religion, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in a decision that leaves unanswered questions about the boundaries of the U.S. Constitution's separation of church and state.
The justices were divided on many of the legal issues but the vote was 7-2 to overturn a lower court ruling that had declared the so-called Peace Cross in Bladensburg unconstitutional in a legal challenge mounted by the American Humanist Association, a group that advocates for secular governance. The concrete cross was erected in 1925 as a memorial to troops killed in World War One.
The ruling made it clear that a long-standing monument in the shape of a Christian cross on public land was permissible but the justices were divided over whether other types of religious displays and symbols on government property would be allowed. Those issues are likely to come before the court in future cases.