Too many homeowners associations create excessive rules which ban American flags. This time, a 24-year Air Force veteran from East Tennessee was forced by her homeowners association to take down her flagpole.
And she was not happy:
“It felt like there was an empty place,” said Delia Foster, “Not only in my yard, but in my heart, too.”
“It just seemed empty,” said Foster, “Like I was going to pass by my house accidentally because I was so used to seeing it there and lit.”
Her neighborhood home owner’s association asked her to take it down because of a rule that says structures require permission, including flagpoles.
She was determined to fight back! She went to look up the rules, and realized a mistake the homeowners association made about flags. And she discovered that the rule that prohibited “structures” never defines flagpoles as a structure. Nor does the rule specifically ban flag poles.
Foster found out the HOA follows county codes, and through a confirmation at the Mayor’s office she discovered the county does not define the flagpole as a structure. Further investigation of her HOA’s current covenant, and she learned they never voted to specifically ban flagpoles. The discoveries meant the return of her flag.
“It’s the icon and the beacon for everyone in the military,” said Foster.
Foster’s Brother and the Loudon County veterans honor guard properly reinstated the flag in a small ceremony.
“Veterans are a big group, and it’s my experience that they, we, do support each other in times like this,” said Foster, “It’s really a family.”
via WUSA 9
What a great story! With a little homework, this veteran was able to defeat the homeowners association and proudly display the American flag.
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