Vet wants Lowe’s to stop selling American flag doormats

(Photo: KPLR/CNN)
(Photo: KPLR/CNN)

LAKE ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - A Vietnam War veteran in Missouri wants Lowe's to stop selling American flag doormats at its home improvement stores.

John F. Kelly said when he went to the Lowe's near his home in Lake Saint Louis, he saw a Memorial Day display that included doormats with images of the U.S. flag on them.

He said they're disrespectful to the flag that he and so many others fought to defend.

"You don't tread on an American flag. You don't wipe dirty boots on them. You don't walk on them. That's a patriotic symbol that represents freedom and the country, and the people in it," Kelly said.

Kelly said he complained to the store management.

He said he was told the item doesn't represent the U.S. or the flag, calling it pop art - and that it was meant to be hung on the wall.

Even so, the doormats were taken off the display shelf at the store Wednesday afternoon.

The corporate office says it planned to issue a statement on the issue.

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