Man ordered by town to remove flags honoring his family in service…what his neighbors did next is amazing…
The display was put up by Family Hardware employee Jeff Verzi, who was honoring six family members serving in the military. He was told last week to remove the flags after an anonymous complaint citing the city’s rule that prohibits placing banners in the right-of-way.
Verzi politely refused, saying the flags represent six veterans in his family that he wanted to remember.
Then, on a quiet Monday morning following the city’s demand to Verzi, fellow townspeople spent a few hours placing hundreds upon hundreds of flags along the right-of-way for the entire length of the street.
Supporters started posting flags at around 8 a.m. and it took more than an hour to finish. Initially, the plan was for over 500 small American flags to dot the landscape. Eric Stange, general manager at Family Hardware, said their message generated a positive response from the community.
Connie Barron, spokeswoman for the city, has since said that no further action will be taken. She said it’s a good thing to see the community come together.