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NH war vet can't display US flag outside apartment

May 19, 2010

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HILLSBOROUGH, N.H.—A World War II veteran in New Hampshire says he was "madder than hell" when the management company at his apartment complex ordered him to take down his American flag.

Eighty-eighty-year-old Navy vet Joe LeVangie, of Hillsborough, says he displayed the flag outside his apartment to honor troops serving overseas and those who never came back.

But EJL Management informed LeVangie that flag displays at the Maple Leaf complex violate the same rules that prohibit lawn ornaments and grills. WMUR-TV reports the company said a flag placed at the entrance to the complex is intended to recognize the residents' patriotism.

A representative from the Department of Housing and Urban Development said EJL is complying with the Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005.

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Information from: WMUR-TV, http://wmur.com

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