In this Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 photo, Lewis Randa, of Duxbury, Mass., displays a United Nations flag while standing near a bronze statue of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi, behind right, at the Pacifist Memorial, in Sherborn, Mass. Randa says in mid-August of 2019 he removed the flag because owners of a condo association, who now own the land on which the Pacifist Memorial is located, argue it violates their property agreement. Randa founded the memorial in 1994. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

'Peace park' removes United Nations flag after objections

August 23, 2019 - 6:16 am
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SHERBORN, Mass. (AP) — A "peace park" in a Boston suburb has been forced to take down a United Nations flag after residents objected.

Pacifist Memorial founder Lewis Randa recently removed the flag at the Sherborn, Massachusetts, site because residents of the condo development where it's located argue that it violates their property agreement.

The Abbey Road Condominium Trust says the 2012 land deal with Randa only allows him to maintain the memorial's permanent installations, not to add new or temporary ones.

But Randa says that while the UN flag was not part of the original memorial, one had flown for decades on the grounds.

He suggests the dispute is rooted in long simmering opposition to the memorial.

Loretta Heuer, who heads the condo association, says the issue isn't the flag but about respecting property rights.

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