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Veterans Protest Durham Flag Restrictions

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Old Glory flys proudly above Durham.
DURHAM — Veterans in Durham sang the National Anthem and hoisted an oversize American flag in defiance of Durham's limits on flag size.

It happened yesterday at American Legion Post Seven. Veterans raised a 238-square-foot flag. That's nearly four times larger than the city's 60-square-foot limit.

The veterans are hoping to gain legal standing to sue the city. They claim the city is violating their constitutional right to free expression.

The flag protest began in September, when the Bob Evans Restaurant was fined 25 dollars for flying a 600-square-foot flag. The restaurant has since been cited two more times.

The Durham City Council has twice rejected requests to remove the flag limits. The limits are part of the city-county sign ordinance. Photography byEd Wilson