by Oct 23, 2014
As a country that has historically boasted patriotism, it is
discouraging to see the lengths the government is going to prevent
citizens from showing pride in their country. The recent case is that of
Jeff Verzi, who works at Family Hardware in Cape Coral, Florida, and
faced consequences after decided to honor six members of his family by
placing flags outside the store.
has 6 family members who have served in the military. Unfortunately for
him, someone decided to report the gesture, claiming they were
“offended.” An officer arrived to the location shortly after receiving
the “anonymous complaint.”
even more shocking is the fact that these were not full-sized flags,
but rather foot-tall flags that can be held with one hand. It’s hard to
imagine that the display was causing any harm or violating any code,
however the government employee told the hardware store owner that the
flags violated a city ordinance against placing banners in the “right of
Shortly after the incident, Verzi appeared on television to discuss the interaction and his reason for flying the flags.
“They represent my family who served in the military,” Verzi claimed.
“Every time I look out the door seeing the flags flying in the wind
makes me feel like my family is standing beside me.”
Several of the city’s residents have stood up in support of Verzi by
waving flags of their own. What do you think? Do you support Verzi?