Group Rushes In To Defend Marine's Wife Under Attack

Some battles are fought on foreign battlefields while others are fought by loved ones at home determined to honor their servicemembers' sacrifices for this great country.

That is the case with a San Diego Marine's wife who was told she had to take down her American flag or else.

According to Breitbart, Heather Valenti was ordered by her homeowner's association to remove the small American flag she had put up to honor both her Marine husband and deceased Marine grandfather. She said the letter the HOA sent her "sounded pretty threatening," telling her that her flag violated common area rules.

Her flag sits an inch away from the outside wall of her house, but her backyard is part of a common area. However, ABC 10 reporters saw similarly sized flags sitting in the same position next to other houses bordering the same common area.

To Valenti, the American flag holds great meaning and she felt like it was being specifically targeted.

“I just watched a flag being folded at my grandfather’s funeral and handed to my grandmother by the Marines," she explained. "It hits home. Unfortunately, we live in a country where people are burning flags, disrespecting flags."

Valenti refused to remove the flag, and that's when a local non-partisan group San Diegans for Secure Borders came to her rescue.

The group pointed out the Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005, which bars HOAs from banning U.S. flags reasonably displayed outside homes.

The group also threatened to make a fuss if the HOA continued to harass her.

“We also promised the HOA a huge flag rally/protest outside their condo complex — with big media coverage—if they hassle her or anyone else that lives there ever again about their American flags," group leader Jeff Schwilk explained.

In the end, the HOA agreed the flag could stay once Valenti moved it 10 inches over to her porch.

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