Report of American flag violations in Georgetown


by KRIS BETTS / KVUE News and photojournalist MATT OLSEN

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Posted on May 10, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Updated Friday, May 10 at 10:21 PM

GEORGETOWN -- An American flag flapping and fraying in one Georgetown neighborhood has become a problem for people living nearby.                                     

“Homeowners in the area, veterans, firefighters and police officers are all concerned about the situation,” said Parkside at Mayfield Ranch resident Jason Freeland.

Freeland believes the flag’s condition is disrespectful, and a violation of federal guidelines. The code states that a flag may be flown 24-hours a day as long as it is taken down during a storm, and illuminated at night.

“My father-in-law, he's a veteran, and every time he visits with us with the model home right next door, it just irritates him,” said Freeland.

“If they're going to act like they're patriotic and fly the flag in front of their business, they should take care of it, especially to federal guideline and codes,” he said.

Every day, hundreds of kids walk past the flag on their way home from school. Sixth grader Daniel Sykora tells KVUE “I'd tell my mom ‘the flag's torn up, and it looks kind of junky.'"

"Why don't they fix the flag? Sometimes I want to go in there and yell at them just to fix the flag,” said his younger brother, Travis.

Freeland says several members of their community have asked the builder to take care of damaged flag, and they’ve received “typically very short answers, that they'll try to take care of it, but they don't."

KVUE News contacted an agent for that builder who says she has replaced the flag after receiving complaints, however, she was not aware that the flag needed to be lit at night.

The agents says she will be putting in lights as soon as possible.



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