Vet Gets Eviction Notice over Patriotic Displays

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A Vietnam War veteran is fighting for his right to display his U.S. flag after property managers at his complex said he's violating apartment standards.

David Bone served in Vietnam in the 1960s. He said he displayed miniature American flags outside of his apartment during the Memorial Day and the Fourth of July holidays.

Apartment managers took the flags down and left them on his doorstep. Bone put them back up.

"That's the reason we serve in wars -- to have that freedom of speech. That's why we are American citizens. I don't live in Cuba, or Russia, or China," Bone said.

Bone said that his property managers refused to let him display the flags in his bedroom window or in front of his car.

He said he was told such action didn't meet the apartment complex's standards.

The controversy doesn't end there. Property managers also told Bone that he couldn't put up a patriotic welcome sign on his door or even a sticker on his car.

"violates my First Amendment rights. Freedom of speech," Bone said.

Shortly after the dispute, he received an eviction notice notifying him that he had violated his lease.

Bone maintains one he did nothing wrong. He had one message for the property managers.

"Be more courteous to people. If I do something that's not in the lease, write me a letter instead of just taking my stuff," he said.

Bone said he does not plan to move out of his apartment.

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