Veteran allowed to keep American flag after Willowick apartment tells him to take down

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WILLOWICK, Ohio- Keith Ludwig says when it comes to flying his American flag, it’s a matter of principle.

He is now relieved that he can keep it hanging off his balcony. After the story ran on Fox 8, Ludwig was contacted by his apartment complex and told he was allowed to keep the flag.

“I’m a veteran, my grandfather’s a veteran, my dad’s a veteran. We’re a military family,” he said early Friday.

So Ludwig said he was surprised, and angered, when the management of Shoregate Towers told him on Thursday he’d have to remove the flag that flies from his balcony.

Ludwig showed us his lease, and there is a clause on using the exterior of the units that basically prohibits hanging or affixing anything to the balconies. But Ludwig questions why it took management more than two years to raise the issue with him and whether that clause is really meant to apply to an American flag.

“If there was a problem before, they should have said something before,” he said. “And, I mean, why all of a sudden does it have to come down?”

Ludwig pointed out there are other flags  visible on balconies at the complex, as well as a few satellite dishes mounted outside of units.

“If my flag has to come down, all the satellite dishes have to come down,” he said.

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