Veteran’s Flag vs The HOA.
The veteran’s flag
Earlier this month we encountered yet another story in the news about a home owner being denied the right to fly our Nation’s flag. This incident happened to a Veteran of the war in Iraq. The place, a community outside of Hampton Roads, VA., a major U.S. Navy port on the East Coast.
The Veteran, Daniel Toner, rents a house in the community of Belmont Park in Suffolk, VA. He contacted the HOA (home owners association) in regards to flying his flag from his porch. He received an answer back from the HOA stating that it was ok.
Once he began flying his flag, he received another email from the HOA board informing him that the member of the board spoke prematurely and that the board had not met to discuss his request.
Mr. Toner has stated that he refuses to take the flag down, regardless of the board’s pending decision.
“This is something that shouldn’t be happening here in Hampton Roads. That’s absolutely ridiculous, you shouldn’t even have to ask permission to have an American flag on your property….That flag’s staying right where it is. I don’t retreat.” Daniel Toner
In fact, this should not have been an issue in the first place. The U.S. Congress passed a bill regarding this very situation. It’s called “The Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005.”
We are still dealing with this problem nationwide. It baffles me. How can the American flag be offensive to American citizens? We, as a nation have become so enamored with the concept of not offending anyone that we will sacrifice our own beliefs and principles in the process. This incident dealing with yet another HOA and their rules concerning ‘uniformity’ is beyond reason. How can banning the display of the Flag go against anyone’s sense of “order and conformity?”
The Chesapeake Bay Management Inc. President Dana Shotts-Neff said that the association has “no intention of denying anyone the right to fly the American flag, but because it’s considered an alteration to a home, residents need to apply for permission first.”
Mr. Toner did that – he received that expressed permission. Which was shortly rescinded pending a board review. What has become of this once great nation where we have to have permission to display our nation’s flag? This would be so outrageous if it not for the fact that this is becoming the norm anymore.
So many stories in the news about homeowners being denied their desire to show their patriotism and love of this country. By flying our colors. The Red, White, and Blue. The Stars and Stripes. The Flag of this great nation that so many throughout our storied history have fought and died to defend.
In closing I want to leave you with this,
I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.