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Oh, say can you see that ginormous American flag? Not in Statesville.

Statesville is among 12 cities that Camping World says won’t allow massive American flags.
Statesville is among 12 cities that Camping World says won’t allow massive American flags.

Flag Day dawned Wednesday with Statesville running afoul of a national company that wants to unfurl a gigantic American flag.

Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis named Statesville among a dozen cities that won’t allow the massive flags for which the company is known.

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Camping World CEO Marcus Lemonis says Statesville won’t let his company hoist an enormous American flag. Richard Shotwell Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Lemonis, in a Twitter message Saturday, asked his 1.3 million followers to “help us change that.” The Lebanese-born Lemonis is also host of CNBC’s reality TV show, “The Profit.”

Camping World announced in 2014 it would hoist flags of up to 40-by-80-feet at its super centers in order to honor veterans.

But there’s no sign Statesville is budging, the Statesville Record & Landmark reported.

A city ordinance passed in 2014 limits government flags to 8-by-12 feet, the newspaper reported. Members of the city’s board of adjustment turned down Camping World’s variance request for a 40-by-80-foot flag in 2015.

The city’s public affairs director had no comment Tuesday, the Record & Landmark reported.

Bruce Henderson: 704-358-5051, @bhender

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