Confederate flag display irks Liberty neighbors while homeowner remains unflappable

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LIBERTY, Mo. -- Decorations in a metro yard are offending many people in one neighborhood. They're expressing their displeasure, as a display of Confederate flags fly in the breeze. The Confederate flag has been a hot button issue across the country with southern states and companies vowing to never fly it.

One Liberty homeowner is taking a different vow and it's upsetting some of his neighbors. As you drive into his neighborhood, his house on the corner will likely catch your eye.

"You've got flags hammered into a tree. You've got flags hooked on the house," said Brian Engel.

Engel moved into the neighborhood a few months ago and was immediately put off by the display of three Confederate flags flying in a nearby yard.

"I would like to understand why they feel the need to put it out there like that," Engel said.

Andrew Wood says the flags have been displayed for two years. He says the reason is simple: he's a veteran and he loves his country.

"To me, these flags are a huge part of our American culture. It really defined who we are as a country," he explained.  "To me it's history, it's heritage, it's not hate."

But some say the flags represent a time in history they would rather forget, and his blatant display makes it nearly impossible.

"To me, as an African-American, it is offensive to me. What it means to me, because of the era I was raised in, and the things that went on in this news the past weekend, people use the Confederate flag to promote hate," neighbor Kimberly Thurston said.

While the Liberty neighborhood and the rest of the country debate what the flag really stands for, Wood says his beliefs will not waiver.

"If my neighbor, if it was his choice and he wanted to fly an Israeli flag or any other flag on his house. You know what? That's his heritage, his history, he's proud of it. You know what? I respect him for doing that," Wood said.

Neighbors admit they've never asked Wood to take the flags down. They say they can't tell him what to do with his property, some just wish he would realize how it is to look at every day.

"You can put your pride aside because your pride isn't that important that's it's worth hurting that many people," Engel said.