OLD LYME, Conn. (WTNH) — It was the talk of the town in Old Lyme, and apparently that talk lead to action.
News 8 received calls and emails once flags which had lined the center of town since Memorial Day were taken down. Residents tell us there were a few complaints about the flags being up 24/7, but once they were removed more people spoke out about that.
Pat Spratt, who owns Patricia Spratt for the Home, says, “I think they were upset. I think it gives a wonderful feeling to Old Lyme.”
This is the second year the flags were put up on Memorial Day but this year they came down after the town’s Midsummer Festival. Some speculate the flags were removed because residents thought they were gaudy and sometimes got tangled.
Barbara Crowley, who owns The Chocolate Shell, also in the center of town, says, “The fire department purchased them all as I understand and they got permission for CL&P to put them on the poles.”
Old Lyme’s first selectman tells News 8 the flags were taken down as a compromise for those who didn’t want them up 24/7. It was decided the flags would only go up on certain holidays. But while they sat in a corner at the local firehouse –, which would rather see them flying — the town received an overwhelming number of calls and emails calling for the flags to fly again. The town has since put them back up.
“But nobody knows the reason they were taken down and at this point I don’t care what the reason is. This is America. This is Old Lyme. We should be allowed to have flags. The overwhelming majority, not the minority, gets to have what they want for a change,” says Crowley.
The residents spoke and the town listened – the stars and stripes are here to stay at least for the summer and little bit beyond.
Spratt says, “Let’s keep them here as long as possible. These days we need a little bit of a reminder.”
Just like last year, the flags will fly through Veterans Day.