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Arizona Man Fights to Keep Gadsden Flag Flying Outside His Home

Fox News [1]
Thursday, August 26, 2010

An Arizona man fighting to keep a historical American flag flying outside his home vows he will not take it down unless a judge orders him to.

Andy McDonel of Leveen, Ariz., says he received a letter from his homeowner’s association, Avalon Village Community Association, on Aug. 6 instructing him to “remove debris” from his suburban Phoenix home within 10 days or face a $25 fine.

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“They were talking about the Gadsden flag,” McDonel told Fox News on Wednesday. “I fly it to honor the Founding Fathers of America, you know, the perseverance they went through. They sacrificed their honor, their lives and their fortune to establish this great nation.”

The yellow Gadsden flag, which depicts a coiled snake and the words “Don’t Tread on Me,” was designed by American statesman Christopher Gadsden and first appeared in 1775. It has been reintroduced by numerous groups — most recently by the Tea Party movement — as a symbol of American patriotism.

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