Decorated Vet Fights to Raise Flag in His Own Yard

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Posted: Dec 03, 2009 3:45 PM
Fox News is reporting that "a veteran of three wars who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor is now facing an unlikely enemy--his neighbors."
Col. Van T. Barfoot, 90, has raised the Stars and Stripes every day at sunrise and lowered them every day at sunset since he served in the U.S. Army. But on Tuesday he received a letter from the law firm that represents his homeowners' association, ordering him to remove the flagpole from his Richmond, Va. yard by 5 p.m. on Friday or face "legal action."

The homoeowners' association at Sussex Square community told Barfoot that the freestanding, 21-foot flagpole that he put up in September violates the neighborhood's aesthetic guidelines.

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Barfoot had sought permission to install the pole shortly after he moved into the community — a complex of townhouses where the grounds are community property — last June. The board denied his request in July.

But Barfoot and his family say there is no provision in Sussex Square's rules that forbids erecting flagpoles. And for Barfoot, that's a cause worth fighting for.

"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," Barfoot said...

Apparently the homeowners' association objects to residents having free-standing flagpoles in their yards.  He could hang the flag on his house, but Barfoot objects, saying, "Where I've been, fighting wars ... military installations, parades, everything else, the flag is vertical. And I've done it that way since I was in the Army."

Click here to read the entire story, including Barfoot's amazing service to America.