Man plants flag on closed beach to protest shutdown

Posted at 12:00 AM, Oct 15, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-15 20:06:22-04

 Dare County, N.C. (WTKR) - An Avon man is flying an American flag on a section of closed beach in protest of the government shutdown.

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore has been closed as a result of the shutdown.

On Monday, Kenneth Wheatley called in to a WCMS radio show and spoke about his patriotic protest.

Wheatley says he thinks it’s wrong that our military members can come back home from a war and not be allowed to go for a walk on the beach.

He told NewsChannel 3's Todd Corillo about his reasoning on Tuesday.

"It's for the brothers and sisters who have died for this country for our freedom and I feel like our freedom has been taken away," Wheatley explained. "Americans have pretty much had it with the politicians and wise up, they aren't doing nothing."

Wheatley says he sometimes returns and finds the flag has been taken down and he then replaces it.

"I'm just putting it back up and then I feel better when it's back up," Wheatley explained.