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Supporters rally for gas station's flag


LELAND, NC (WWAY) -- About 150 people gathered for a Save the Flag rally at the Buy 'n Go gas station on Highway 17 in Leland Saturday. The Leland town council ordered the flag taken down because it's too big under town ordinance. It also is too big for the flag pole according to federal code. However, there are some who believe that flag had every right to fly high and proud.

Conservative talk radio host Curtis Wright spoke at the rally and said he was impressed with the turnout.

"It was unbelievable that in such a short period of time so many people came," Wright said. "And so many people came from far away like Raleigh, South Carolina and Fayetteville. People just came whenever the call came out over e-mail to various groups, and it was just amazing the amount of people for such short notice."

People at the rally like Kevin Delahunty were fired up and proud to support the flag and the manager of the gas station that wants to fly it.

"This gentleman immigrated to this country and became an American citizen and lived the American dream. He became successful, and all he wanted to do was fly the flag of this country," Delahunty said.

In a show of support for the store, supporters of the larger flag presented the store with a temporary flag that is allowed to be flown under the town's ordinance. The crowd cheered and chanted "USA" as the flag was hoisted up the pole.

Supporters are grateful that people came out on this Labor Day weekend and say they could have been anywhere in the world doing anything they wanted but they chose to put their life on pause to come out and support this cause.

With Election Day creeping up folks at the rally say they wouldn't be surprised if the town council's decision on the flag played a role when the votes are cast on November 2.

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