Friday, January 22, 2010

Update on flag case: Old soldier wins

Last mentioned here on 6th. Dec.
"A 90-year-old Medal of Honor winner can keep his 21-foot flagpole in his front yard after a homeowner’s association dropped its request to remove it, a spokesman for Democratic Virginia Sen. Mark Warner said Tuesday. The Sussex Square homeowners’ association likewise has agreed to drop threats to take legal action against retired Army Col. Van T. Barfoot, Warner spokesman Kevin Hall said.

The association had threatened to take Barfoot, a Mississippi native, to court if he failed to remove the pole from his suburban Richmond home by Friday. It had said the pole violated the neighborhood’s aesthetic guidelines.

In a letter last week, Webb urged the association to “consider the exceptional nature of Col. Barfoot’s service when considering his pride and determination in honoring our flag.”

Barfoot was awarded the Medal of Honor for actions while his platoon was under German assault near Carano, Italy, in May 1944. He was credited with standing up to three German tanks with a bazooka and stopping their advance. He also received the Purple Heart and other decorations, and served in Korea and Vietnam before retiring from the service in 1974.


Background on the heroism of the man here and here. He is a national treasure.


Anonymous said...

It's rather sad that this war hero had to rely on his incredible record of service to his country, rather than simply relying on one of the things he fought for. His First Amendment right to free speech and expression.

I can only hope this will cause someone in power to take a "very close" look at how these "fascists" run these homeowners associations. (see: concentration camps) And ironically, most are controlled by jews! (at least here in FL.)

Anonymous said...

Sad that instead of admitting they are wrong they (rightly) acknowledged he deserved special consideration. In other words they have learned nothing and will victimize someone else in the future.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately Anon 3:56, you're 100% right.

Paul Dow said...

I know it's a sympathetic cause, but he should have read the covenants before signing the lease and moving in. The only way these restrictive rules will go away for everyone is if they can't get people to move into the homes.

Crow T. Robot said...

not to nitpik, but one does not win the medal of honor. one is awarded the medal of honor (though i applaud the fact that the quite erroneous "congressional" wasn't added as it so often is.

Anonymous said...

Paul, did signing that piece of paper void his constitutional rights and protections?