Lindsey Stone posted the infamous picture to Facebook last month.
Co-worker Jamie Schuh took the photo while the two were on a work related trip. The picture showed Stone making an obscene gesture at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The photo went viral and created a firestorm on Facebook, with many calling for Stone’s firing on a “Fire Lindsey Stone” Facebook page.
The Hyannis company released the following statement Wednesday on its Facebook page, Life Inc.:
We wish to announce that the two employees recently involved in the Arlington Cemetery incident are no longer employees of LIFE. Again, we deeply regret any disrespect to members of the military and their families. The incident and publicity has been very upsetting to the learning disabled population we serve. To protect our residents, any comments, however well-intentioned, will be deleted. We appreciate your concern and understanding as we focus on the care of our community.
The Company now says they were fired….
Anyone is free to criticize the military or debate Washington foreign policy. But if there is anything in this world which I hope every American citizen could agree on, it’s that those men and women buried at Arlington – are beyond reproach. There is no criticism of the Honored Dead.
They gave the last full measure for the rest of us and are not a subject for politics or pranks.