"When you were still up on Broadway you could hear the ruckus, the hollering. The peace demonstrators trying to outshout the construction workers. The construction workers hollering, 'U.S.A. all the way' and 'We're Number One.' And the peace demonstrators screaming up there that the war was unjust and everything else, right by the Treasury Building on Broad Street there.
"There was just a lot of hollering and screaming going back and forth until whoever the individual was-oh, he was no spring chicken, he was 40, 45 years old-that spit on the flag. I was maybe four or five rows back in with the construction workers. I saw him make a gesture, you know, a forward motion. That was it. That was the spark that ignitied the flame. It came out in the roar of the crowd. 'He spit on the flag! He spit on the flag! And of course the construction worker got up there on top of the monument and he gave him a good whack and off came the guy's glasses and I guess he followed his glasses off the pedestal there.
"And then there just seemed to be a rush, a mob scene. The chant then was, "Get the flags up on the steps where they belong. It's a Government building.' and they can say what they want about the New York Police Department, they coulda had the National Guard there with fixed bayonets and they would not have held the construction workers back then. When we first went up on the steps and the flags went up there, the whole group started singing 'God Bless America' and it damn near put a lump in your throat. It was really something. I could never say I was sorry I was there. You just had a very proud feeling. If I live to be 100, I don't think I'll ever live to anything quite like that again.
The flags were up on the top steps. The construction workers and the Wall Street workers, they had the steps of the Treasury Building filled and the demonstrators were now down in the street."
"And they started to chant in unison '___ no, we won't go,' and they just kept it up. And all of a sudden, just the same as the movement had started up the steps, the movement started back down the steps. This chant that they had kept up, it just raised the anger to a degree that it just seemed that everybody would just want to get down there and disperse them. When I say 'disperse,' I don't mean physically take these kids and manhandle them, but just to break them up, break up the group and break up this chant because it just seemed so un-American.