Massachusetts American flag ban has neighbors up in arms

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WRENTHAM, Mass. (AP) - Residents of a Massachusetts public housing complex are outraged that the town's housing agency has banned the display of U.S. flags outside their homes.

The Wrentham Housing Authority notified residents of the policy through a letter taped to their doors Wednesday.

The unsigned letter says the move was made after a tenant complained to the state Department of Housing and Community Development over the Fourth of July holiday.

Barbara Marshall kept a U.S. flag flying outside Wednesday even after the letter was delivered and tells The Sun Chronicle she has no intention of removing it.

The 82-year-old Marshall, whose brother took part in the D-Day invasion of France, says she was so upset about the letter she had to lie down.

“All my family is so indebted to the veterans, to that flag,” she told The Sun Chronicle.

No one at the housing authority would comment. The authority has jurisdiction over two developments - one that houses seniors and disabled people and another that provides housing for families.

However, WBZ in Boston reports that no one from the housing authority has stepped forward to identify who in the organization gave the order to bar flying the flags.