WMUR: Joe LeVangie, 88, said he’s upset after he and his neighbors were told to take their flags down because flying them was against management policy. He said there should be an exception for the flag.
To tell a veteran who has served his country that he can’t fly his American flag outside his dwelling leaves me feeling pretty sad. I understand that home associations and land owners want things to look clean, but this is the American flag. It’s not a car with the hood up, it’s not 50 gazillion plants, and it’s not toys in the front yard. I understand there are beautification rules, but they don’t even concede on the size of the flag – they rule them out completely.
Sometimes I wonder what kind of country we live in, that we’d tell a man who has put his life on the line that he can’t respect those who are currently defending our freedom by flying an American flag on his front porch.
UPDATE: Looks like this Veteran’s rights have been violated:
The Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005 (Pub.L. 109-243, 120 Stat. 572, enacted July 24, 2006) is an Act of Congress that prohibits real estate management organizations from restricting homeowners from displaying the Flag of the United States on their property.
I know that it says homeowner above, and he is not a homeowner. The law actually states:
A condominium association, cooperative association, or residential real estate management association may not adopt or enforce any policy, or enter into any agreement, that would restrict or prevent a member of the association from displaying the flag of the United States on residential property within the association with respect to which such member has a separate ownership interest or a right to exclusive possession or use.
I believe this would apply to him as well.