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NC city to use lottery for religious flag display

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KING, NC (AP) -- A city council in North Carolina has decided to use a lottery to decide on the display of flags with religious symbols at a memorial.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that King City Council voted Monday to allow residents to apply to fly a flag for a week at the city's Veteran's Memorial to honor a relative. The policy allows 41 symbols approved by the US Department of Veterans Affairs to be flown.

A veteran of the war in Afghanistan complained about the Christian flag at the memorial five months ago. The council voted in September to remove the flag after getting complaints from the American Civil Liberties Union and the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.

Residents and others have staged protests and vigils at the memorial ever since.

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Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com

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