Man Told to Take Down the Six American Flags He Had Put Up to Honor Family Members in Military

| by Lina Batarags

After a Florida hardware store was told to remove six American flags from its property, city residents showed their support for the store's gesture by covering their neighborhood with hundreds of American flags.

According to The News-Press, Family Hardware employee Jeff Verzi, 56, had put up six small American flags to honor six family members serving in the military.

Last week, after an anonymous complaint cited the city’s rule that prohibits the placement of banners in the right-of-way, Verzi was told to remove the flags.

Verzi was told he needed to move the flags onto private property.

Verzi, however, refused to remove the flags, and in doing so, gained the support of Cape Coral residents. Starting at 8 a.m. on Monday morning, supporters placed more than 500 American flags throughout the neighborhood; the endeavor took more than an hour to finish.

Eric Stange, Verzi’s boss at Family Hardware, said that the flags generated positive feedback from the community.

“It’s all about the veterans,” Stange told The News-Press.

As the city’s spokeswoman Connie Barron said, no further action will be taken. Barron reportedly said that it was wonderful to see the community come together.

Sources: Fox News, The News-Press

Photo Sources: The News-Press, Fox News