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American Flags to Be Reinstalled on New York Town's Fire Trucks After Removal Sparks National Controversy

American flags will be reinstalled on some of the fire trucks in a Hudson Valley community where the U.S. banners had been removed, sparking a heated debate that drew national attention. 

Fire commissioners in the Arlington Fire District in the town of Poughkeepsie had ordered the large flags removed from the back of three fire engines earlier this month. The move was made over concerns about possible U.S. flag code violations and potential safety risks to firefighters and motorists. 

An agreement announced Thursday will allow smaller 2-foot-by-3-foot American flags on three of the district's front-line engines, which are the fire trucks used most frequently. 

Amid the debate over the mid-August decision, officials decided to allow a large flag on one fire truck. That compromise failed to quell the controversy.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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