A Florida man was told by his homeowners association that he would have to remove a flag for the Wounded Warrior Project from his residence or face a $1,000 fine.
Thomas Bagnoli, who has lived in the Grand Haven community of Palm Coast for 13 years, refused to take it down. He says the flag has been up for at least a year.
“They can do whatever they want. I’m doing what I want,” Bagnoli told WJXT-TV. “I feel strongly about this.”
He said the association told him the flag is against association rules, but other homes fly prisoner of war flags and missing in action flags without fines.
"I get angry. I really do. I don't understand why," he said. "They say, 'Sorry, you have to take it down.'”
The association said he would be fined $100 per day for a maximum of 10 days. Since it’s been up for more than 365 days, Bagnoli says, he’s already met the maximum fine of $1,000.
He said no one has personally told him that they find the flag offensive, but either way he’s not removing it.
"They're the real heroes and all of the armed forces," he said. "This flag should be apart of the armed forces heroes. They make that American flag fly."