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Veterans said city sign displays American flag incorrectly

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

The International Boulevard sign is one of the first things you see when you drive into downtown Atlanta.

And every time veteran Chuck Bagley sees it, he's appalled.

"This means something to us and we just want it fixed so that nobody will come into Atlanta, GA, and say look Atlanta doesn't care. They don't even know how to display the American flag properly," Bagley said.

Bagley said since the American flag is displayed on the sign vertically, the union should be in the upper left corner, according to flag etiquette.

"I want it right, I don't want it in the Hall of Shame," Bagley said.

And he's not the only one that agrees with that.

"In the case of our United States flag, the field of blue symbolizes unity and unity is always first, so it's always in the upper left hand corner," flag enthusiast Belinda Keenen said.

CBS Atlanta News contacted the mayor's office about it last month, and they sent us an email saying it isn't a city issue and to check with the state.

The city then came back and said it was their sign, and the flag was displayed correctly.

"I don't believe they have the love of the flag that those of us that served in the military do," Bagley said.

After further investigation, CBS Atlanta News found this old photograph on online, showing the American flag displayed differently on the sign right around the time of the Olympics in 1996. The company that installed the sign said they did give it a makeover two years ago.

"It's no shame to say I made a mistake, I'm sorry. Let me fix it," Bagley said.

It appeared that might happen when the commissioner of public works Richard Mendoza saw the way the sign used to look, and then sent an email out requesting a quote to fix the sign.

"And it seems like hanging your American flag is an important enough thing to double check, before you display it for an entire city to see," Keenen said.

CBS Atlanta News just received a phone call from the city late Thursday and they said, according to federal code, the flag is displayed correctly. They said if it's flown over the middle of the street, the union should be to the north of an east to west street. They also said they're not trying to offend anyone.

When asked why the sign changed over the years, they had no answer.

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