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.