Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Veteran fights battle to fly U.S., Marine Corps flags

A combat veteran is in a battle over a patriotic display outside his home.   Former Marine Captain Jim Lowe tells FOX 5 the management at his community is trying to force him to take down either his U.S. flag, or his Marine Corps. colors.

Lowe, a decorated veteran, says he's been flying the U.S. flag along with the Marine Corps. colors for more than two years.  But now, he says his Sun City community's management is asking him to take one of them down.  If he doesn't, he says they've threatened to fine he and his wife $25 per day, as well as other possible legal action.

The community's codes and covenants clearly state that only one flag can be flown per house.  Lowe maintains the Marine Corps colors is not a flag. 

"I don't consider it a flag," he told FOX 5.  "Most people don't.  You talk to any Marine.  Those are the colors.  That is the flag."

Lowe says he has sent a letter to management asking them to retract the violation notice, but he has not received a reply yet.  FOX 5 tried to contact the community's management group, but they have not responded yet.


You would think the rules could be bent a little for someone who has risked his life fighting for your safety.


Anonymous said...

"Covenant Communities" was a good idea to try to build where you could be sure that your neighbors wouldn't create a junkyard but when they started adopting rulebooks that go so far as to limit the number of flags you can fly on a flag pole you've got a community ruled by a set of tinpot tyrants and should not buy a house there.

Anonymous said...

As is also the case in FL., places like this are usually controlled by transplanted old liberal Jews from NYC. And when they are in control, ironically, they exhibit the very same conduct, mentality, and attitude, that Nazi camp guards did in WWII. Since these are the same people who are always whining about "the holocaust", you would think they would know better, but apparently they don't.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, but if you decide to live in a place with certain rules, you are bound by those rules. Work to change them if you want, but no one forced you to sign up.

Furthermore, the guy is wrong on "colors" not being "flags."

The Marine Corps has a manual on flags found here:

The manual says: "The term 'color' applies to anational flag or a unit or organization distinguishing flag carried by dismounted units."

"Colors" are flags.

Anonymous said...

Well if the "colors" in question actually consist of a section of fabric hanging from a pole in some way, then it equates with the normal definition of a "flag", and probably for the purposes of local rules that the guy has subscribed to, so his case is feeble. To give him a concession would be to open the floodgates to all kind of other "colors".

Bird of Paradise said...

City officials and community wanks need to keep their big fat noses out of a persons private property and those idiotic codes need to be totaly repealed This is a clear violation of FREE SPEECH and FREEDOM of EXPRESSION as much as scumbag flag burners like Gregory Lee Johnson and his ilk and lowlife reptiles like Bill Ayers