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Florida Veteran May Lose Home For Displaying American Flag In Flower Pot

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JACKSONVILLE, FL- A Florida veteran battling his homeowner's association after they put a lien on his house, over a small American flag he is flying in one of his flower pots.

The stars and stripes are at the center of controversy. At least at Larry Murphree's home.

"I want it to go away. It's such a minor little thing and they keep coming after me," insists Murphree.

"They" is Murphree's Homeowner's Association. He's lived in the Sweetwater Community for years, and been at odds with the HOA for more than two, and it's all because of his flag.

The veteran decided to put one in his flower pot, and in result, has been fined!

"They just sent me a letter that says I owe them around $8,000 and they put a foreclosure lien on my house," he said.

We wanted to know how that's possible, so we took our questions to our legal and safety expert Dale Carson.

"There's an actual Florida statute that says he can display this flag," said legal and safety expert Dale Carson.

Federal law from 2005 also backs that up.

Attorney Michelle Haines works for the law office who represents the HOA, and said if payment is not made within 30 days, the law can move forward with the foreclosure on Murphree's home.

Last year, after a similar fight, he filed a lawsuit and settled out of court, but the flag display rules have been re-written since then. Murphree says he won't stop until he can freely fly his patriotic right.

"When I first moved here, I loved it. It was wonderful. But, it got where I'm being nitpicked more and more. I've lost a lot of friends and neighbors moving out. I don't want to move," explained Murphree.

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