Anyone who has ever driven Main Street in Derby has probably noticed a row of American flags.
Anyone who has driven there recently may have noticed some aren’t in great shape, which has angered veterans who have demanded that they come down.
Some said the intention is good but the wear and tear is sending the wrong message.
“I mean, to look at it, it's painful,” said Ron, who didn’t want to provide his last name.
Some of the flags were torn down by passing trucks and run over on the road.
“It's not supposed to be outside in the bad weather. If it gets ripped or tattered, it gets replaced,” Ron said.
Veterans lodged a complaint to City Hall, and in a matter of hours crews were out taking them down on Wednesday morning.
“In the last 15 years, you could probably drive by at any time and find a flag that's torn, ripped or broken,” said Derby Alderman Ron Sills.
He said flags are usually replaced every Memorial Day and then on a necessary basis.
After the complaint, he said the town is overhauling the entire look.
“In this case, there looks to be several that are pretty tattered. Especially, after the storm yesterday, so we'll take care of it,” Sills said.
He added that the flags are part of the city’s fabric, so they are not going anywhere but just need to be cared for more often.
“They try to keep up the best they can, but it's not a new problem and it's not a good problem to have,” Sills said.
City officials said new brackets and flag stands will be installed to prevent any future damage.
The goal is to have new flags up in a matter of weeks.
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