BOSTON (CBS) – The two women who came under fire after their photo at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia angered thousands of people on Facebook have been officially fired from their jobs.
The announcement was made on the Facebook page of Living Independently Forever, Inc., (LIFE) Wednesday night.
“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.”
LIFE is a non-profit organization in Hyannis that helps adults with disabilities on Cape Cod.
Lindsey Stone was visiting the Tomb of the Unknowns last month on a business trip when she posed for a picture next to a sign that reads “silence and respect.”
In the photo, Stone is pretending to yell and she’s showing her middle finger.
The photo, taken by co-worker Jamie Schuh, went viral and sparked anger among veterans.