Medal of Honor recipient, 90, ordered to remove flagpole

UPDATE:Homeowners’ Association Drops Legal Action Against WWII Vet

I know we have heard a lot of these stories over the last few years, but I have to say this one sticks in my craw more than most. OK, I get that he can have a flag, as long as it is at an angle and attached to his house. Is this just down right crazy or what? Why can’t he have a free standing flag pole in his own yard? Why is it that the Homeowners Associations across this great nation insist on telling the people of this nation in what manner they can be patriotic? Should patriotism be governed by such an association? I THINK NOT!

In a time when so many are attacking our country in so many forms, should the people of this country not have a right to stand up and say that they are proud of their country and proud of their service to this country? And if there is no direct LAW or rule stating that a free standing pole is illegal, why did they deny his request? Just because a few people may think that something is “not aesthetically appropriate” does not mean that others will feel the same way. To me, the flying of the American Flag, no matter how it is displayed, is a beautiful thing!

From the Richmond Times – Dispatch:

There is no provision in the community’s rules expressly forbidding flagpoles, Barfoot’s daughter said. But she said the board ruled against her father’s fixture and ordered it removed in July, deciding that free-standing flag poles are not aesthetically appropriate. Short flag stands attached to porches dot the community.

“Dad sort of feels like this is the end,” said Margaret Nicholls, Barfoot’s daughter, who lives a few doors away. But she said this morning that she and her husband are attempting to generate support for her father’s cause, a flag-raising rite that he has undertaken for most of his life.

Barfoot received the Medal of Honor on the battlefield during World War II in Italy and fought as well in the Korean and Vietnam wars. A portion of a highway in rural Mississippi, his native state, was named in his honor this fall. A building at McGuire Veterans Hospital in Richmond also carries his name.

Barfoot began regularly flying the flag on Veteran’s Day this year despite the Sussex Square board’s decision.

He said in November that not flying the flag would be a sacrilege to him.

“There’s never been a day in my life or a place I’ve lived in my life that you couldn’t fly the American flag,” he said.

I have never had to face something like this, I live in the country and don’t have to worry about some one telling me that I can’t put a flag pole in my yard or telling me how big of a flag I can fly. This country has become one of so many rule and regulations and as much as I hate to get into the politics of things, I am beginning to wonder if there are any laws that state what a Homeowners Association can and can not govern. Maybe, since there are so many people that want to tell others when, how, and how big they can have their flag pole and American flag, it is time for our government to step in and put a stop to these Homeowner Associations from running a muck!

You can read more stories from the Dispatch about this here.

You can also find out more about Col. Barfoot’s supporters on his Facebook fan page.

11 Comments on “Medal of Honor recipient, 90, ordered to remove flagpole

  1. I am from this area. I have meet Col Barfoot.
    This fight is not over, The HOA is going on with the fight against this wonderful Hero. I urge you to keep up the support for him. God Bless America

  2. Some people just seem to not understand what displaying the Flag means…especially to those of us in the service of our country. Although home owner’s associations are in place to keep the neighborhood in a sort of uniform state, but wanting the Col to remove the flag pole is, to me, like telling him he cannot display his patriotism and honor oustside of his home and to the public.

  3. We have a flag out front every day. My parents bought an old wooden flag pole. Thing looks like the mast of a ship. Thing is like 20 feet high. My father spent 3 weeks sanding and varnishing to restore it, and it looks wonderful. And an American flag flies from it every day.

    The homeowner’s association should be ashamed.

    Here’s the problem. for the most part, homeowner’s associations are pretty good. But every single one of them has 2-3 complete and total jerks who insist on being the house police. That’s what’s wrong with them.

  4. I think if I were in the Col. place I would fly my flag and let the chips fall where they may.

  5. This is nauseating, he earned the right to fly a flag at his home.

  6. While I am appalled that the Home Owners Association would not at least make an exception for the Colonel, I am hoping that this does not turn into an issue where the Association is being accused of being anti American.
    The sad thing is, these associations are too concerned with appearances and feel threatened by individuality. I would never live in a place where such an association exerts that kind of power over my house.
    And @Shane.. really..aren’t people like you tired of making such lame, snippy comments? How much longer are you people going to toss childish remarks? There is a lot to not like about our current President, harping on something as insignificant as that, especially when you have the choice in whether you raise your hand, just shows how nutty you and your ilk are.

  7. We have a president that doesn’t bother to raise his hand for our flag. Does this really surprise anyone? Very sad Indeed!!

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