Friday, December 4, 2009

90-Year-Old Veteran of 3 Wars Told to Remove U.S. Flag

UPDATE: Veteran Wins Battle To Keep His Flagpole in Yard

My Fellow Americans,

In the lastest attack on our nation's flag, a townhouse community association in Henrico County, VA is forcing 90-year-old Col. Van T. Barfoot, a veteran of three wars, to dismantle his flagpole or face a legal battle over violating the association's order.

Let me remind you of the other incidents in which Americans were told they were not allowed to fly the U.S. flag:
  1. The apartment residents in Oregon who were told to take down U.S. flags.
  2. The Chester, PA firefighter who was told to remove an American flag sticker from his locker.
  3. The freshman at the University of New Hampshire who was told he could not display his American flag from his dorm room window.
Now, I understand rules are rules.  And I'm all for people obeying rules.  Rules and laws are what allow our society to be civilized.

But, like most rules, there is always an exception.  No matter what anyone says, unless displaying the flag would cause a person bodily harm, I see no reason why these Americans should remove it.

From what I have heard and read, the Oregon residents and the Chester, PA firefighter were allowed to display their flags.  However, I believe the UNH student was told he could only display it in his dorm room.

At the end of the day, this is the American flag we are talking about.  It is the symbol of all that is good in the world.  It is the symbol of a nation of free people.  People who are able to be what they want to be and do what they want to do without fear of persecution.

Should you find it offensive, you are more than welcome to leave.  If there is any exception to some community association's rule, this is the ONE exception.  And if anyone deserves to fly the flag of his country, it's an American soldier.

It's basic common sense: let Americans fly the American flag.

(Picture Source: FOX News)

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