MA Town Backs Down After Residents Rally Around Business Cited for 'Excessive' Flag Display
A real estate business in Massachusetts will be able to keep a patriotic display of American flags on its lawn after being issued a violation for it.
The Chelmsford building department initially ordered Laer Realty to remove the hundreds of "excessive" flags it had on display for Memorial Day.
According to the Lowell Sun, the town's manager contacted CEO Stacey Alcorn after the story aired on "Fox & Friends" and it initiated an outpouring of community support for her business.
"Town Manager Paul Cohen confirmed he called Alcorn at the beginning of last week and informed her there would be 'no further enforcement action from the town in this matter.' He said he also apologized for any inconvenience the matter may have caused the company or anyone involved," the report stated.
Alcorn said Monday on "Fox & Friends" that she felt thankful the town changed its decision.
"In the end, we got what we felt was right," she said.
Laer employees - backed by many sympathetic residents - fought a town bylaw that said the flags are unable to be used for "commercial promotion." The American Legion chapter and local veterans brought flags to the front lawn to show their support.
"We just felt that we were going to double down and do even more to honor our local veterans and people who serve," Alcorn said.
Jon Crandall, an employee who helped place the flags, said June 3 on "Fox & Friends" that this year was the first in which they received a complaint.
The town manager is reportedly expected to propose changes to the law later this year.
Watch the segment above.