A real estate broker in Massachusetts thought he and his 11-year-old daughter were just showing patriotism and honoring veterans when they put 200 tiny American flags on his firm’s lawn for Memorial Day. But Chelmsford city officials thought otherwise. They left a note threatening the company with a code violation for having an “excessive” number of flags. They claim it’s a safety issue (the flags might be a distraction at a busy intersection) and the city prohibits the use of the flag in commercial promotions.
But the real estate agent said this wasn’t a commercial promotion, it was just a show of patriotism. In one of the more defiant acts of patriotism Massachusetts has seen since the 1700s, he not only refused to remove the flags, he added 200 more. Fox News’ Todd Starnes reported that the city also made the same charge of “excessive flags” against a local church, which isn’t even a commercial enterprise.
The sentiment of the townspeople seems to be firmly with the patriots, not the bureaucrats. A word of advice to the government: the last time someone tried to punish Massachusetts patriots for being too pro-American, it was at Lexington and Concord. It didn’t turn out well in the long run for the anti-American flag side.