Vet angered by flag flap

4:05 PM, Mar 28, 2013   |    comments
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HYPOLUXO, Florida (WPTV) -- A U.S. Marine who served overseas in Iraq has returned home in Hypoluxo only to be told he cannot fly his American flag.

Days after Gregory Schaffer installed a flag pole in his front yard, he received a citation from the town of Hypoluxo, Florida listing the flag as a code violation.

"It's sad. It's sad that we have to go through that just to fly a flag," said Schaffer.

The 24-year-old Iraq war veteran said after serving overseas, it was a must to have a flag flying in his yard. But within days after hoisting up the flag, he was slapped with a citation after an anonymous neighbor filed a complaint with the town.

The Town of Hypoluxo said this issue is not with his flag.

"Well he can fly his flag the issue is that he has to get a building permit," said Tim Large, who heads the building department for the town.

Large said the flag pole is considered a structure.

If Schaffer does not have a permit, the flag has to come down.

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