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The Great Flagpole Dispute of 2009 started last summer when Van T. Barfoot, a retired Army colonel who single-handedly took on three Nazi tanks in World War II, moved to the Sussex Square neighborhood near Richmond to be closer to his daughter. Barfoot believes in flying the colors of the nation he loves, so he erected a flagpole in his front yard.

Like thousands of developments across the country, Sussex Square is governed by a homeowners association, which controls the neighborhood's aesthetics. The association ordered Barfoot, a 90-year-old Medal of Honor recipient, to remove his flagpole.

By the time the flagpole battle ended this week, after threats of litigation, accusations of anti-Americanism and indignation that spilled far beyond the development's boundaries to become fodder for a nation of talking heads and blogging pundits, even Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) and the Obama administration had chimed in. Read the full article.

By Jodi Westrick  |  December 10, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  | Category:  Local Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I'm glad now. The whole neighborhood can now be filled by the Rainbow flags of the pro-gay movement, flags of Moslem nations, flags of Israel, and all other flags the neighbors want to fly as a symbol of protest or promotion. Prospective home buyers will be impressed, but will move on to other neighborhoods.

After all, it's the American way...

Posted by: LeeH1 | December 10, 2009 2:30 PM

Well, Leeh1, if it keeps racist, xenophobic homophobes _like you_ out, how bad can it be?

Posted by: nagatuki | December 10, 2009 3:30 PM

Gee, LEEH1, you must be the president of some homeowner's association, and just can't stand somebody telling you just how it's going to be. Your kind only believe that you are right, and there's no room for discussion. How many medals were you awarded? How many years did you devote to the service of your country?

Posted by: mbrumble | December 10, 2009 3:38 PM

Flying th US flag or state flag should never be against the rules in a community(root common with communist) association. If it wasn't for great heros like Van T. Barfoot, you would be speaking German living under extreme facism. These dbag HOA leaders are useless tools and need to shut there pie holes.

Posted by: cadlecreek1 | December 10, 2009 4:24 PM

Some of you clowns don't get it. The people (including the flag guy) bought their homes under one set of rules. Now you want to tell them to just get lost. The first poster had it exactly right, and I don't see anything xenophobic or homophobic or anything else wrong that post. It's just telling it like it is. Either you accept the premise or the argument for allowing a front yard American flag goes out the window.

Posted by: st50taw | December 10, 2009 4:33 PM

A couple things about this....

This is the type of crap going on in our nation these days.

There's far too much disrespect for the greatest generation and their hardships they endured to get us where we are today.

Rules are rules, so that's the only defense I'd give the HOA, but...

...I'm glad they dropped the suit. How brainless can you be? Old Glory is aesthetically displeasing? Go F yourselves you communist ********. The vet fought in three wars and won the Congressional Medal of Honor and you're going to pi$$ and moan that he raises OUR national flag every day? Seriously?! It's OUR national flag. Only an HOA run by complete morons wouldn't make an exception to the rule.

This is why I'll never live in an HOA.

Kudos to the two Virginia Senators that went to bat for the vet. They obviously think the HOA is run by a bunch of imbeciles also. Rightly so.

Posted by: bigpapa_z | December 10, 2009 4:53 PM

LEEH1 is entirely correct, but it ultimately doesn't matter. You will absolutely never win in a debate between homeowners looking to protect their property values and a 90 year old veteran who wants to fly the American flag. Reason just goes out the window in an emotionally charged circumstance like this.

Ideally, they would have made a specific exception in this case alone before it reached litigation.

Posted by: jbanks979 | December 10, 2009 5:19 PM

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