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Gander RV Flag in N.C. Leads to Local Protests


Some Statesville, N.C., neighbors attended a city council meeting Monday evening to protest the decision made on a size ordinance last month.

Veterans and members of the American Legion demonstrated outside of City Hall, holding and waving flags before the meeting started.

This story originally appeared on Fox 46 News.

The demonstration is in response to after the City Council voted down a proposed compromise with Gander RV to allow its flag to continue flying.

The council heard from the public, but so far hasn’t taken any additional action to address the flag controversy with Gander RV. Four people spoke during public comment about the issue.

Earlier in June, C.O. Johnson, John Staford and Steve Johnson voted in favor of increasing the allowed flag size. William Morgan, Roy West, Doris Allison, Keith Williams and Michael Johnson voted against the change meaning the current flag at Gander RV is still out of compliance.

Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis, who owns the Gander RV, has been adamant that the flag will remain flying at their Statesville location.

“The flag is not coming down under any circumstance,” said Lemonis. He said he’s prepared for any consequences that should arise if he is ordered by a court to take the flag down, including jail time.

A city ordinance states that flags should be no larger than 25 feet by 40 feet. The one at Gander RV measures 40 feet by 80 feet.

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