A hardware store employee who honored his six family members serving in the United States Armed Forces with American flags on the lawn outside of his storefront received local and national praise after a code enforcement officer ordered them to be taken down earlier this week.
Jeff Verzi, 56, who works at Family Hardware in Cape Coral, Florida, was told by a code enforcement officer that six flags on display outside the storefront violated a city ordinance that prohibits placing banners in the right-of-way, after an anonymous complaint was received. Verzi politely refused to do so, according to The News-Press.
Verzi said on Fox and Friends Thursday, “It just reminded me of my family.”
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The initial plan was to put more than 500 American flags in the neighborhood. Eric Strange, Verzi’s supervisor at Family Hardware, told The News-Press he stood with his employee and commended his stance.
“It’s all about the veterans.”
A spokesperson for the city said no further action would be taken and that it’s a good thing to see the community come together.
Verzi told The News-Press he plans to attend the next regular city council meeting next week to propose amending the ordinance to exclude the American flag. Members of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and American Legion plan on attending in uniform to show support.
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