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Veteran wins battle to fly U.S., USMC flags outside home

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Captain Jim Lowe (right) and his wife, Sandy, display their USMC flag outside their Griffin home (photo by Denise Dillon/myfoxatlanta) Captain Jim Lowe (right) and his wife, Sandy, display their USMC flag outside their Griffin home (photo by Denise Dillon/myfoxatlanta)
GRIFFIN, Ga. -

A veteran has won his battle to fly two flags outside of his home.

For two months, retired Marine Captain Jim Lowe, 73, has waged a campaign to fly the American flag along with his USMC colors at his Griffin home.

The homeowners association at the Sun City retirement community said that covenants only allowed one flag to be displayed outside a home.

Despite public outcry, the homeowners association stood by their rules and threatened to fine Lowe $25 for each day that both flags were displayed. The HOA even warned about the possibility of placing a lien on Lowe's home.

Capt. Lowe and his wife, Sandy, had promised to move if the HOA wouldn't bend.

After the story attracted national attention, property management finally agreed to change the covenants. The new rules now allow for two flags as long as one of them is the U.S. flag, Lowe said.

"Which means I can now fly the Marine Corps colors with the American flag," said Capt. Lowe. "It's the right thing to do. Every freedom lover in America ought to be able to fly the American flag."

Lowe says it was a tough battle but he kept up the fight not just for his family, but for all veterans.

"Other Americans, if they've served in another service, or have relatives that have served in another service, they should be able to honor those service colors," Lowe said.

The Lowes thank everyone across the country for the support shown during their dispute.

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