"They made the claim it could cause an accident on the freeway because it was too distracting. It was too beautiful," Lemonis said.
In May, the city filed a lawsuit against Gander RV, ordering the company to remove the flag and pay $11,000 in fines. Local officials initially gave Camping World a verbal warning about the size of the flag in September 2018, according to the complaint.
Lemonis said he'd pay the fines but wouldn't remove the flag, adding that he'd rather go to jail.
"When veterans show up at the stores for the flag raisings, and when they come on Saturdays and do their veteran rides, and they weep at the bottom of the flagpole, that's the conviction that I need to say it's just not going to come down. I would rather go to jail," Lemonis said.