Society

Lindsay Stone Gives Finger at Tomb of Unknown Soldier, Controversy Rages

| by Michael Allen

Lindsey Stone, of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, recently gave the finger in a controversial picture taken at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Arlington National Cemetery.

She posted the picture on her Facebook page, which created outrage.

An unidentified Facebook user created a page called 'Fire Lindsey Stone' with the intent of getting Stone fired for -- some might argue -- exercising her free speech rights.

The page was started on Monday and had over 14,000 'Likes' by Wednesday morning.

Stone issued an apology for the picture on Wednesday. She said it was a "visual pun" and added that the picture "was in incredibly poor taste."

Stone visited the military cemetery in October with the non-profit organization where she works, the LIFE organization, reports the Daily Mail.

LIFE, which stands for Living Independently Forever, is a community for adults with disabilities.

LIFE said in a statement that they were made aware of the picture on November 19: "The photo has since been removed from Facebook, and both employees have been placed on unpaid leave pending the results of an internal investigation."

"This photograph in no way reflects the opinions or values of the LIFE organization, which holds our nation’s veterans in the highest regard. We are proud to have veterans serving on our staff and board of trustees, and we value their service."

"The men and women who have selflessly fought and sacrificed their lives to protect the rights and lives of Americans deserve our utmost respect and gratitude."

"We are acutely aware that this photo has done a disservice to veterans and we are deeply saddened that it was taken and shared in a public medium."