Officials on eastern Long Island are fuming that the local power authority charged a $5 per pole fee to fly American flags along a parade route honoring a local soldier killed in Afghanistan. (WABC/ABC News)
New York Utility Charged for Hanging Flags From Its Poles At Memorial for Slain Soldier
The folks on Shelter Island, N.Y., were furious after they held a memorial parade to honor Lt. Joseph Theinert, a town resident who was killed in Afghanistan. The service included having members of Theinert's old unit march along a flag draped street that was named after Theinert.
Then they got the bill. The Long Island Power Authority charged them for hanging the American flags from its utility poles.
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Update: New York Power Company Criticized for Charging American Flag Fee Says It Will Cover Cost