A Colorado man who bears the name of one of America's Founding Fathers is defying an order to remove the American flag from his property -- saying he'd rather face eviction than take down the Stars and Stripes.
Samuel Adams, of Greeley, Colo., received a notice last week from the management of his building complex asking that he remove the American flag from his apartment’s balcony railing.
Adams, who had hung the flag as decoration for the Independence Day holiday, took to social media to express his outrage -- recording and posting video to YouTube and Facebook of himself reading the letter.
"Please do not clutter with personal belongings. Balconies and patios must be maintained in a neat, clean and attractive condition," the notice read, in part.
While management at the Sterling Heights apartment complex said it's not opposed to residents flying the American flag, it has strict rules about what can be hung from balconies.
"We really try hard to keep a nice, neat community and are diligent about our efforts to keep uniformity in appearance in the areas visible to others,” manager Amie Robertshaw told The Tribune newspaper in an email.
Adams, whose father was a dentist in the U.S. Navy and whose grandfather was a U.S. Army surgeon during World War I, said he has received support from veterans and military families.
"I have never done anything like this before,” Adams told the newspaper. “But it was the right time and it was the right moment. I wanted to be a patriotic American and give tribute to our Founding Fathers and our veterans, and to have (management) say the flag is inappropriate or comparable to trash is reprehensible to me.”