US Navy veteran ordered to remove American flag wrap from mailbox

A Florida veteran became ensnared after receiving a letter asking him to remove an American flag wrap from his mailbox.

According to WCTV, John Ackert is a retired U.S. Navy commander. He said he received the notice from the Southwood Residential Community Association in Tallahassee late last month asking him to remove the wrapping of Old Glory.

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"As the holiday season has come to a close, please remove the American flag mailbox wrap. Decorations may be displayed 30 days prior to the associated holiday and must be taken down within 15 days after the holiday," the letter from the local homeowners association read, according to the Tallahassee Democrat.

"This is a very, very petty thing, All I'm trying to do is display my feeling of patriotism toward America. I spent 30 years in uniform," Ackert said, according to the outlet.

Ackert applied the wrapping back in 2013, within 30 days of moving into the house, WCTV reports.

"They do things like this all the time. I think it's ridiculous. What's wrong with being patriotic in the country you live in?" Mike Stephenson, Ackert's neighbor, told the station.

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The letter said Ackert has less than a month to remove the wrap, otherwise he'll be fined. He has reportedly appealed the SRCA's decision.

The association is scheduled to present the appeal to the Covenants Committee the coming Tuesday.

Ackert was also asked to removed a pro-police sticker, a Special Olympics sticker, and a Navy sticker from his window, according to the Democrat.

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