A US Marine veteran was recently told to remove an American flag and pole he set up outside his home after returning from Iraq.
U.S. Marine Gregory Schaffer recently returned home to Florida after a grueling tour in Iraq. Upon his return, he set up a brand new American flag and pole outside his home to show off his patriotism. However, soon after he received a citation from the city of Hypoluxo, Florida that said the flagpole was in direct violation of a permitting code and that he must take it down right away.
The 24-year old Marine veteran said it’s sad he can’t simply fly his own flag in his own yard. He also told the local news that it was his neighbor that filed the official complaint just days after the flagpole went up. A town official told reporters that the flagpole is considered a structure, which requires a permit. So if the Marine veteran would like to keep the flag and pole, he must get his own special permit.
Schaffer would apply for a permit but that could cost him upwards of $1,000. However, city building officials are now saying they want to work with the marine veteran and find a way to let him keep flying his American flag.