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Support pours in for restaurant cited for patriotic flag display

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MCDONOUGH, Ga. -

A McDonough business owner says he's received support from across the nation after he was cited for flying patriotic flags above his restaurant.

Darren Miller said the flag display above his restaurant, CJ's Hot Dogs, has sparked a battled with the city.  Miller said he put the collection of nine flags up on his roof three months ago to salute the U.S. Armed Forces.

On Friday, Miller said a code enforcement officer issued a citation that said the flags had to come down.

"I'm not taking any of my flags down. That's support for every branch of the military, and even our troops that are fighting," Miller said. "One of the flags says, 'We support our troops, bring them home safely.' And none of those are coming down."

By Saturday, city officials had backed away from the citation because it's not clear if the law applies to flags.

"I'm trying to bring business in here so I can pay taxes and be a productive citizen in this county, and it's like they're trying to stop us," Miller said.

The story made national news and Miller said he's heard from people across the country.

Chief Warrant Officer Larken Reese said he headed to the restaurant immediately after arriving back from Afghanistan.

"My family just picked me up from the airport and I saw the story on the news, on you know Facebook, and on the FOX 5 website actually, and I told my wife, ‘When you pick me up from the airport, the first place we're going is CJ's to get a hot dog, show my support for them showing their support,'" Reese said.

Visitors poured in from places as far away as Ohio and Michigan, most wanting to do something to honor Miller.

Miller hopes to use the attention to help others. He plans on selling a t-shirt that will raise money for wounded Georgia soldiers.

While the city appears to have backed away from the citation, Miller's fight might not be over. City leaders are drafting an ordinance that would specifically limit the number of flags on a property. If the number is less than nine, Miller would find himself in violation.

For now, though, the flags remain flying over CJ's Hot Dogs on Highway 20.

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