Iraq war veteran Mario Alejandro was a proud U.S. Marine who was apart of the initial invasion into Iraq in 2003. However, he was targeted on American soil where he least expected it, at his child’s birthday party that was being held at Six Flags Great American Adventure in New Jersey.
The issue was with this t-shirt that was given to him on Fathers Day, park staff working the entrance felt it was offensive in nature. Perhaps a bit too patriotic for those liberals?
Alejandro, has 3 children, is a former coach of a high school football team and served fours years as an Infantry Marine.
This past June, his family purchased several t-shirts from The Reconnaissance Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps Recon Marines and their families who need financial assistance. Alejandro received them for his Fathers Day gift.
Alejandro sated he’s never encountered any negativity before:
[quote_box_center]“I thought it was great, I loved it. The shirts fit my personality perfectly. They’re military and they’re patriotic. That’s my thing, I wore them to all over the place, to my kids’ baseball games – everywhere. And I got nothing but compliments about how great they were. No one ever said they were offensive, because it’s obvious that they’re in support of the military and the United States.”[/quote_box_center]
However, that all changed when he visit the theme park when he wore a black t-shirt with a red, white and blue machine gun and the words “Keep Calm and Return Fire” on the front and the logo and website for The Reconnaissance Foundation on the back. This is what caught the attention of the gate Nazi.
“I was walking in through the gate with my wife and kids, who were in front of me, when a security guard grabbed me and said: ‘I can’t let you into the park with that shirt on. That shirt’s offensive,’” Alejandro said on Tuesday. “I said that it’s not offensive, it’s a military shirt. I told him that I am an Iraq veteran… I served in the war. But he said: ‘I don’t care, you have to take that off… or you need to buy another shirt to put over it.’”
When he refused to take the shirt off or buy a new one to cover it, security called the supervisor.
“I saw him talk to two women in white shirts, who looked at me and then shook their heads. And then the man grabbed my arm and asked me to leave,” he said. “I told them that’s it’s not offensive, that it’s a military shirt and that it means something. But they said: ‘I don’t care, get out of the park.”
Alejandro stated that only after complying with the park was he allowed access, but not before making his case known to hundreds of people watching it take place.
[quote_box_center]”My wife and my son were crying, because they didn’t understand why this was happening,” he said. “I just told my son to remember this day. To remember how they treat veterans.”[/quote_box_center]
A spokeswoman for Six Flags Great Adventure, stated that the incident was “under review”:
[quote_box_center]”Our goal is to maintain a fun, safe and family-friendly environment. Our dress code does not permit clothing with vulgar, offensive or violent language or images,” she wrote. “If a guest is wearing such attire, we ask them to remove and replace it with another item of clothing; and if they do not have one, they are able to purchase a replacement item at a gift shop.”[/quote_box_center]
Alejandro stated that no veteran should ever be treated he way he was on Saturday:
[quote_box_center]”At the very least should revise their policy,” he said. “I fought for this country. I laid in a hole for 36 hours with no sleep, and had friends die for this country and so the people here could have the freedom to things like visit amusement parks. So when they told me that I couldn’t come in there with my family because of my shirt – a patriotic shirt – it hurt a lot. No other veteran should ever have to experience that.”[/quote_box_center]