Veterans and members of the American Legion demonstrated outside of city hall, holding and waving flags before the meeting started.
The demonstration is in response to council members voting down a proposed compromise with Gander RV to allow their flag to continue flying.
“I think the city needs to allow what we have,” said Donnie Bradley.
The council heard from the public tonight, but so far haven’t taken any additional action to address the flag controversy with Gander RV. Four people spoke during public comment about the issue.
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,” says Lemonis. He says 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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