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UPDATE: Independence votes to keep American Flag at Triangle Park location

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INDEPENDENCE (KWWL) -

The Independence City Council voted to reverse its decision to remove the American Flag from the Triangle Park location. 

They say they will now keep the flag on Sixth Avenue SW, which is where drivers on U.S. Highway 20 can see it. 

The city posted this to Facebook: 

"For everyone who has expressed interest in the American Flag issue in Independence, the City Council voted to restore the flag in question and continue flying 14 American Flags instead of 13. Thank you Bill C. and the citizens of Independence for your respectful discourse on the topic. Democracy was displayed tonight and we appreciate it. Thank you to all those who have fought for the rights of our citizens to disagree and still work and live together in peace."

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INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) - Some residents in northeastern Iowa are upset that officials plan to stop flying a giant American flag because of the cost to frequently replace it.

Reports say the Independence City Council unanimously voted last month to take the flag down. Officials say high winds frequently damage the flag. Lighting problems and a broken electronic sign also add to costs.

Mayor Bonita Davis says she wants to try and keep the flag up through Memorial Day.

Members of the area's Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts are among the residents upset about the decision to remove the most visible flag in the city. Individuals and veterans groups have offered to pay for the flag, but some say military families shouldn't have to bear that cost.

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