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A Boy, A Girl, and The Marine Corps: A Love Triangle: Seriously

A Boy, A Girl, and The Marine Corps: A Love Triangle

"I cast my lot with a Marine and where he was, was home to me." ~ Anonymous.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Seriously

There is a guy in Virginia who is being being attacked by his home owners association for putting up a flag pole.

He is a Medal of Honor recipient. He has fought in three wars. He is a retired Colonel. Every morning he raises his flag. Every night, he takes it down and folds it into the familiar military triangle.

His home owners association has decided that his upright, erect flag pole is an eye sore. They sent him a letter telling him that if he didn't take it down they are going to pursue legal action and that he would be responsible for all court costs on both sides. Seriously. I'm not making this up.

The issue? It is a pole in the middle of his front yard. Others in the neighborhood have the slanted poles that attach to the side of their house. Those are ok. But an erect flag pole is not? Really? I can't believe it. He is fighting it and gaining support of politicians and civilians alike. There is nothing in his home owners association contract that forbids upright flag poles.

He says he put it up, instead of the slanted one, because that is the way he has always flown the flag. Upright. It makes sense. He cited battles he fought and bases he's been stationed on and said that they have always put the flag upright, and so does he. Makes perfect sense to me.

What is completely unbelievable to me is the situation in general. Home owners associations are there to protect property value. I have one and we have all kinds of crazy rules. Holiday decorations can not be up any more than 10 days after the holiday has past. You can hang curtains, but the back side of them must be white so that all of our homes look uniform from the outside, etc, etc. It is all in the name of selling homes for the highest value.

Explain to me how a flag pole lowers home value. Personally, I see a flag pole, proudly displaying the American flag on it and think, "this is the kinda place I would like to live." Not, "oh my God! There's an erect flag pole in that guys front yard! YUCK!"

I hope to God he wins the fight. It will be a sad day, indeed, when someone is being told they can't have a flag pole in their front yard. And that is all it is. It's not some ostentatious display. It's not over the top. It's not some crazy out building he build and painted violent pink with a flag on top. It's a simple flag pole that proudly displays our American flag. And for Gods sake, he's a Medal of Honor recipient. Don't those guys get a free pass? Three wars, WWII and Korea included. He lead his men into battles. He fought for our country. He is a freaking Colonel. Does any of that mean anything anymore?

What is this country coming to?

2 Comments:

Blogger Whitney said...

I've read about this story. I think it is really sad. I don't see why so many others have a problem with him flying his flag. He should be able to. I hope he wins this fight as well.

February 23, 2010 at 4:09 PM  
Blogger Typette said...

That is ridiculous! There was a case here in NJ about a man who had a slanted flag holder attached to his house. He also flew the American Flag from it. It drew negative attention from members of his townhouse association. In the end, he was able to keep it flying there. (so long as the American Flag is above any other flag)

I don't understand this b/c it's American's who complain about these things, why?! Maybe b/c it seems like an eye-sore? Really?? What about the people who hang other country flags from their windows as curtains.

February 23, 2010 at 4:44 PM  

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