Giant American Flag to Keep Flying in Independence

Officials in Independence have changed their mind on plans to stop flying a giant American flag, following a public outcry.

The Independence City Council voted Tuesday to reverse its unanimous decision from last month that would have permanently removed a flag and pole in Triangle Park, which can be seen by drivers on Highway 20. The vote also restored funding for the flag.

The council had said last month that damaging high winds, lighting problems and a broken electronic sign were costing the city too much.