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Woman Faces Fines For Showing Patriotism

At the Ashborough Village Condos in Marietta, Georgia, Mary Lou Olsen was told to take down the American flag flying above her door or face a fine. Olsen has lived at the condo for about four decades. Her son joined the Marines over 20 years ago, which is when she first placed the flag outside of her house. When he retired, she gifted the flag to him.

Now, her grandson has joined the Marines. When she attempted to fly another flag to honor him, the Ashborough Condominium Association sent all of their residents letters saying that inanimate objects are not allowed to be attached to the building. Olsen told Channel 2 Action News “I’m disappointed in my country. The country moves on, and let’s not forget them, but I feel like they’re forgotten by telling me I have to take my flag down.”

The ban includes lights and flags. The letter says Olsen could be fined $25 for each day she has the flag up. Olsen said, “They’ll put a lien on me." The vice-president of the association said that the only way she can keep her flag is if it is flown from a pole no more than 4 feet from her door and if it is lighted at night. It must also be made of an all-weather material. Olsen says “My right is I’ll fly the flag of my country."

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