90 Year Old Medal Of Honor Recipient Ordered To Remove Flagpole From Yard (Updated: 12-8-09)

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And the anti American flag drumbeat in this country continues.

Col. Van T. Barfoot, a 90 year old Medal of Honor recipient and veteran of three wars, has been ordered by his Henrico, Virginia home owner association to remove a flagpole in the yard of his home by Friday afternoon or he will face legal action and related fees if he refuses to do so.

A law firm representing the HOA sent Col. Barfoot a letter claiming he was in violation of his community’s covenants, conditions and restrictions even though his daughter says there are no specific prohibitions on flagpoles in the CC&Rs. Evidently people on the HOA board responsible for enforcing the CC&Rs felt that Col. Barfoot’s flagpole was aesthetically offensive so they ordered him to remove it back in July, probably hoping to get the thing out of the ground just in time for Independence Day celebrations.

To date Col. Barfoot has resisted efforts to force him to tear down his flagpole but at 90 years old and up against the juggernaut of an unbending HOA group and a law firm that couldn’t resist the opportunity to harass one of the few remaining Medal of Honor recipients left in our country in exchange for a few dollars (paid for in part by his own HOA dues) time is surely running out for the military veteran who, according to the U.S. government, bravely and unselfishly put his life on the line in defense of our country.

This appears to be yet another assault against our flag here in America by people who clearly hate or are terribly confused about what this country and her stars and stripes truly stand for.

Hopefully word of this outrageous situation will quickly circulate throughout our country and enough pressure will be brought to bear on the Sussex Square community HOA board in Henrico Virginia that they will pull their arrogant heads out of their collective asses and cut this honorable veteran of three wars and man who earned the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government some slack here.

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timesdispatch.com–Col. Van T. Barfoot, a local Medal of Honor winner, is under the gun from his Henrico County community’s homeowner association.

In a five-paragraph letter to Barfoot that he received yesterday, Barfoot is being ordered to remove a flagpole from his yard. The decorated veteran of three wars, now 90 years old, raises the American flag every morning on the pole, then lowers and folds the flag at dusk each day in a three-corner military fashion.

In a priority mail letter, the Coates & Davenport law firm in Richmond is ordering Barfoot to remove the pole by 5 p.m. Friday or face “legal action being brought to enforce the Covenants and Restrictions against you.” The letter states that Barfoot will be subject to paying all legal fees and costs in any successful legal proceeding pursued by the homeowner association’s board.

Barfoot lives in the Sussex Square community in far western Henrico; its board of directors rejected a plea from Barfoot in July to approve the pole, disallowing the fixture on aesthetic grounds.

There is no provision in the community’s rules expressly forbidding flagpoles, Barfoot’s daughter said…….

Update: The HOA relents. Col. Van T. Barfoot will indeed keep his flagpole!

foxnews.com–A 90-year-old Medal of Honor recipient 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 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…..

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2 Responses to 90 Year Old Medal Of Honor Recipient Ordered To Remove Flagpole From Yard (Updated: 12-8-09)

  1. Stephen says:

    Richmondtownhouses.com yanked the contact information for the HOA… Thanks to Google’s cache we can go ahead and grab that 🙂

    SUSSEX SQUARE SERVICE 804-740-8795


    Some folks are saying this person is the head of the HOA (although I cannot confirm at this time)

    Patricia A Tyree
    11807 N Downs Sq
    Henrico, VA 23238
    (804) 740-8795


    According to the following Congressional Research Service (CRS) PDF there was an act passed to prevent crap like this happening. See page 17 of the following PDF… http://www.senate.gov/reference/resources/pdf/RL30243.pdf

    Restrictions on Display of the Flag by
    Real Estate Associations
    The Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 200556 prohibits a
    condominium, cooperative, or real estate management association from adopting or
    enforcing any policy or agreement that would restrict or prevent a member of the
    association from displaying the flag in accordance with the Federal Flag Code on
    residential property to which the member has a separate ownership interest.

    The Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005 http://tinyurl.com/yh5ake5

    The Act was introduced into the 109th United States Congress on January 4, 2005.[1] The sponsor of the bill was Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, and was co-sponsored by 13 other members of the United States House of Representatives.
    June 27, 2006: The bill was passed in the House of Representatives by voice vote.
    July 17, 2006: The bill passed by unanimous consent in the Senate.
    July 24, 2006: President George W. Bush signed the bill into law.

  2. just a regular guy says:

    Great job with that info Stephen. The American people will certainly appreciate it!

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