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Homeowners Association Puts Limit On Flag Flying - Local Veterans Refuse To Comply

A homeowners association in one Georgia neighborhood has ticked off a number of residents with a newly instituted policy. Among those on the perturbed side are a pair of military veterans, as the new policy questionably prohibits the display of something that both of them hold near and dear. As Fox News explains, the HOA has instituted new rules on when it’s appropriate for American flags to be displayed by residents.

The American flag is a pretty familiar sight in neighborhoods across the country, as it serves the dual purpose of serving as an awesome decoration for the home and a nod of respect for the nation as a whole. While incidents in which others may express umbrage at the displaying of the flag are few and far between, the HOA from the Village at Towne Lake in Cherokee County has decided to put some limitations in place. US Navy veteran Tom Wilder is among the residents that are pretty taken aback by the new policy.

"You don't mess with my flag," Wilder says. "They are giving us 23 days to display it. Now we won't be able to even put it in the ground. It has to be in a flag holder attached to our houses."

The HOA made the announcement that displays of the flag would be limited to a certain number of days per year via an email to residents. It’s unclear if the matter was put up for a vote or if it was just some random decision from the powers that be in the community, but it doesn’t appear to be a politically motivated decision.

The HOA noted that the decision was made to "maintain the aesthetic and architectural theme of the community."

Wilder disagrees with that assessment, and he has a hard time understanding what gives the HOA the right to randomly limit the number of days that the flag can be displayed.

"We should be able to put up the flag anytime we want," Wilder said.

Neighbor Pete Rockett, also a veteran, is also annoyed by the decision, and he places the matter in perspective for HOA members.

"To me, you're basically saying it's a Christmas decoration," he said.

Perhaps the HOA could give Wilder, Rickett and other residents concerned with the decision a proper forum to express their concerns. If there were any complaints that may have led to the policy being instituted, that should be relayed to the residents as well. A random decision being relayed via email is an incredibly poor look regardless of the situation at hand.

In this case, it’s amplified even further due to the vets' personal feelings about the flag. Whether that was taken into consideration by the HOA or not is unclear, but it certainly seems like that’s not the case. The vets deserve to have their concerns properly heard at a minimum, and they should be provided with a thorough explanation on why the HOA felt this was such an important policy to implement.

Source: Fox News Insider
Photo: FOX 5 Atlanta

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