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December 02, 2016

Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, is once again flying  a U.S. flag in the center of campus. 

Early Friday morning, college officials reversed the removal of the flag at that one location that drew sharp criticism.

Hampshire College President Jonathon Lash ordered the removal of the flag three weeks ago after it was set on fire as some students protested the presidential election results.

The flag's removal brought backlash and sparked protests from local veterans.

On Friday, those veterans welcomed the reversal.

"I can only hope President Lash's intentions were sincere and that it wasn't just to quiet the voices of veterans and patriots in America," said Micah Welintukonis, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and a Purple Heart recipient, who was one of the organizers.

President Lash tells WGBH's All Things Considered host Barbara Howard that the controversy was a learning experience and hopes to continue dialogue with the community.

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