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‘This is our flag’: Residents take bold action after city removes roadside veteran memorial

Frustrated residents in King County, Washington, filled a roadside memorial with American and POW flags after a roadside crew removed the display after one person complained about it. (Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images)

Residents in a Washington state town went to work after a road crew took down an American and POW flag display because someone complained about it.

King County road crews removed a “years-old display” in the town of Preston because flags were not permitted in the area, leading someone to lodge a complaint about the memorial, according to KOMO-TV.

But the display didn’t remain bare for long. On Thursday night, a group of frustrated residents hung up new flags in honor of veterans.

“People were really, really upset about this,” one local resident said.

Another local man, Robert Cunningham, didn’t understand how one person’s complaint could result in the memorial’s removal.

“One person says they don’t like it, and they take it down. I don’t understand,” he said. “We live in the United States of America. This is our flag. Why is it offensive?”

King County officials said they would like to find a new, more permanent place for the flag display because its current roadside location is a visual distraction, encouraging drivers to look away from the road.

However, it should be noted that the county did say making an exception for this memorial would make it more difficult to enforce the rules with other displays elsewhere.

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