Caltrans removes Brunswick flag |

Caltrans removes Brunswick flag

John HartOn Wednesday, Caltrans removed the American flag David Miles hung from the Brunswick Road overpass soon after Sept. 11.
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David Miles’ plan to ceremoniously remove his American flag from the Brunswick Road overpass flapped away Wednesday.

Caltrans, in response to a federal court ruling, did it for him.

“We sure hoped they could have held the buses a couple days. We were going to give it a proper send-off,” the Grass Valley man said.

Miles had planned to remove the flag Friday and invite veterans, military personnel and elected officials.

But Caltrans spokesman Mark Dinger notified Miles that the flag was taken down respectfully, folded and stored at the agency’s Gold Flat Road garage for his retrieval.

Caltrans is removing flags and banners across the state after a San Jose judge ruled last month that allowing flags and excluding banners – as Caltrans did after the Sept. 11 attacks – was unlawful.

The ruling came after a Santa Cruz peace group was prohibited from hanging a banner.

Caltrans also stopped a Nevada County woman from hanging a banner showing a heart and peace sign.

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