‘This is about our Veterans, Military, and the men and women that have sacrificed for this great country…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) Camping World, an RV and outdoor supply retailer, has paid almost $11,000 over the past seven months for flying an American flag that Statesville, North Carolina deemed too large.
“Many cities like Statesville have requested that Camping World and Gander Outdoors take down their American Flags. WE WON’T DO IT! Stand with us,” the Facebook post said. “This is about more than just the flag. This is about our Veterans, Military, and the men and women that have sacrificed for this great country. They are the reason we fly the flag and they are the reason we will NOT take it down!”
Camping World started a petition Saturday on Change.org to “Let Camping World & Gander Outdoors Fly The American Flag!”
As of Monday afternoon, the petition has gathered about 11,400 signatures out of its 15,000 signature goal.
The Statesville City Council ordered Camping World to remove the flag last October because it violates an ordinance limiting flag size to 25-by-40 feet.
The flag at Camping World is 40-by-80-feet.
Statesville began fining Camping World $50 per day on Oct. 15, 2018.
The dispute between Camping World and the Statesville government began in 2015 when the city ordinance limited flag size to 8-by-12 feet or 96 square feet.
The city council compromised with Camping World to amend the ordinance to allow flags up to 25-by-40-feet or 1,000 square feet.
“I agreed to increase our ordinance from 96 square feet to 1,000 square feet, 10 times larger. I will not go any further,” Councilman William Morgan said. “I take umbrage at the fact that we’re being vilified for not being patriotic. It has nothing to do with patriotism. It has to do with what we have in place, and I fully support what I did, and I support the ordinance as it stands.”
Camping World will defend its 3,200 square foot American flag in court.