As Memorial Day approaches, American flag displays across the nation are being put up to honor the sacrifices of the brave men and women who died fighting for our freedom.
But in one neighborhood in Georgia, veterans are being told they’re putting their flags up too soon. In fact, they’re being told they can only display the stars and stripes outside their home for just a handful of days a year.
According to Fox News, Air Force veteran Pete Rocket, U.S. Navy veteran Tom Wilder, and Air Force veteran Richard Tibbetts are battling The Village at Towne Lake Homeowners Association after being told their U.S. flag displays violated the “aesthetic and architectural theme of the community.” They were told they could only display their flags in the Woodstock, Ga. neighborhood for 23 specific days in the year.
“How can you say that the American flag detracts from the looks, the aesthetics of a community?” Rockett wanted to know.
Then he added, “They treat it… as if it’s a decoration — like Christmas decorations. You can put up your Christmas decorations on these days. The American flag is not a decoration. It’s a symbol, and it’s a symbol of a lot of things, to a lot of people.”
Wilder certainly isn’t giving up without a fight, saying, “I’m not gonna take it down. I fought for our flag and our country, and I will continue to fight for our flag and our country — no matter what.”
Tibbets had an even more eloquent way of putting it, telling NBC-affiliate WXIA-TV, “I will remove the flag from my house when they remove my body from that house and cover it with the flag.”
Resident Donna Gorshe, the daughter of a Battle of the Bulge veteran, also weighed in, saying, “Brave men and women fight for that flag. And many of them come home in coffins draped in that flag. I was shocked and very upset.”
Now they’re awaiting a change of heart from their HOA. They’re battle is not isolated to their community, though. It’s been a beef between homeowners and their associations in a handful of neighborhoods across the country over the past several years.
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