Old Lyme neighbors fight over flag display - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Old Lyme neighbors fight over flag display

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Eyewitness News caught footage of old glory flying on utility poles throughout the village of Old Lyme.

Those American flags suddenly disappeared last week, but after complaints, they were back up on Friday morning.

Old glory always graces the Old Lyme Fire House on Lyme Street and now up and down the street, her few friends are back.

"Driving down Lyme Street it really spruced it up," Tony Vallombroso, of Old Lyme said.

On Friday morning, crews were back out hanging 38 American flags throughout the village.

The flags went up last year with the idea they would fly from Memorial Day through Veterans Day, but recently these symbols were suddenly gone.

"It's extremely patriotic and do we want to be known as the town that's unpatriotic," Barbara Crowley, of Old Lyme, said.

"The word on the street was they were gaudy," Jim Jake, of Old Lyme said. "Supposed to be on the street from Memorial Day to Veteran's day and the word gaudy is just disrespectful."

After a few complaints the flags came down, but it didn't last long.

"I think everybody in town is going to be happy to see them back up," John Seckla, of Old Lyme, said.

But not everyone is.

Former governor Lowell Weicker said he feels the flags should be flying only on those certain holidays and not 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"Veterans Day, Fourth of July, they're special matters and when the flag goes up on those days, it brings special attention," Weicker said.

Weicker said he loves the flag and what it means, serving in the military and in public office. He added he has no problem with the people flying the flag outside shops or homes on Lyme Street. In fact he has one hanging from his house, but Weicker said this a little overboard.

"Frankly when they fly the flags up and down the street, every day, all week, it looks like a used car lot," Weicker said. "That's not what the flag is about."

The two sides might not see eye-to-eye, but both agree this flag stands for freedom and those who've fought for it. And it shouldn't divide a town.

"Even as you and I are speaking, men and women are fighting for that flag, dying for that flag, and for us to have a local domestic brawl is very unseemly," Weicker said.

"It's like whacking a bees nest and all the bee's came out and said we want them back up, and here we are," Vallombroso said. "It looks good."

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