and Video Courtesy of CHANNEL 13
July 24, 2010
DAYTONA BEACH -- A
resident has 24 hours to remove an American flag from his apartment
window, or else management will remove it themselves.
|Carlisle Vereen is not
only shocked, he's determined to keep that flag taped to
However, his apartment complex said
he's breaking the rules.
Vereen is a man who loves his
country. He is a Vietnam veteran whose family has a long
tradition of serving this country.
"I fought for that flag,”
Vereen said. “'I've bled for that flag. My father fought
for it, my brother fought for it and my son
fought for it in Afghanistan and Iraq."
For that reason, Vereen has taped up a paper flag to
the inside of his apartment window.
"It's freedom, it's patriotism and that's
why it's up there," Vereen said.
|But that flag could soon
Manatee Bay Apartments, where Vereen
lives, issued a notice, saying "The following items
need to be removed from your window within 24 hours or
they will be disposed of by Management."
"I was dumbfounded,"
Vereen said he put up the flag last
Thanksgiving without any issue.
notice states no signs are allowed on doors or windows.
Both Vereen's next door and downstairs
also have flags. Neither said they have received a notice.
Vereen said he's already hired a lawyer and is ready
|"They may want to evict
me after I’ve been here over 10 years, but I'll do
that before I take that flag down," Vereen said.
News 13 called the complex and asked to speak with the
woman who issued the notice. We were told us she
would not be available until Friday.
Because the flag is taped to the
inside of the window, someone would have to go inside
Vereen's apartment and take it down. If this happens, they
would be looking at filing charges of breaking and