Back in the beginning of June, a realty company in Chelmsford, a small town in the liberal state of Massachusetts, lined up some 200 flags along its office’s property to celebrate America’s veterans on Memorial Day.
The town’s officials decided that that was a violation of a bylaw that forbids using flags for “commercial promotion.”
“This is a commercial establishment located at a busy intersection. It was in the front lawn of that particular property, and in the opinion of our code enforcement officer, the building commissioner, it was a violation,” said Michael McCall, Chelmsford’s assistant town manager.
The town ordered the real estate company to take down some flags, but the company actually added flags to the display after the story hit the newspapers and airwaves.
Then this happened.
“That story prompted a public outcry. Supporters added more flags to the display, bringing the total to 700,” CBS-Boston reported. “‘People have come out of the woodwork to plant them, and they’re telling us their personal stories,’ said Crandall.”
The outcry “was enough to make the Town Manager have a change of heart. The flags are now allowed, after all,” CBS reported.
“The intent wasn’t to be anti-patriotic or anti-American, but clearly there’s a tremendous love of this country demonstrated with the American flag, and I think we’re all better for it in the end,” Town Manager Paul Cohen said.
“He plans to propose a change in the bylaw at the next town meeting this fall, so no one else will ever have to fight this fight again.”