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Medal Of Honor vs.
Homeowners Association

Colonel Van Barfoot fought and helped defeat the Nazis and the communists twice, yet now, even at age 90 his enemies are still at the gate.

Colonel Van Barfoot

The retired Army officer has dug in against his home owners association in Richmond Virginia because they’ve threatened legal action for flying his US flag on a 21-foot tall pole.

He 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.

Van Barfoot was given until 5 p.m. today (04 December 2009) by the Richmond law firm of Coates & Davenport to remove his flagpole 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.

Medal of Honor

Barfoot moved to the Sussex Square community in western Henrico County last July, and was ordered to remove the flagpole from his front lawn when he flew the flag on Labor Day, and again on Veterans Day.

The HOA said he could not use his flagpole "for aesthetic reasons.”

image This is the respect shown to a man who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his action following the Anzio landing in early 1944.

Then a tech sergeant, Barfoot advanced alone through a Nazi minefield, following ditches and depressions, until he came within a few yards of a machine gun on the German flank. After taking out the gun with a hand grenade, he entered the German trench and advanced on a second machine gun, killing two soldiers and capturing three others. When he reached a third gun, the entire crew surrendered to him. Others also surrendered and Barfoot captured a total of seventeen German soldiers, and killed eight.

Barfoot in WWII

When the Germans launched an armored counterattack later in the day, Barfoot disabled one tank with a bazooka, then advanced into enemy-held territory and destroyed an abandoned German artillery piece. He returned to his own lines and helped two wounded soldiers from his squad to the rear.

Now as then, the lanky (6’5”) Barfoot is not backing down and will fight this in court. He is said to be shocked and gratified by the outpouring of support from around the country.

There is no HOA rule expressly forbidding flagpoles, but the board ruled against Barfoot’s flag pole after the fact and ordered it removed in July. Short flag “stands” attached to porches dot the community. See video here.

We all know HOAs are populated by people who snitched on you in grade school, and they’ve never grown up.

Barfoot in action

The appropriate and proper response is to grant him an exemption, but they’re the perfect little fifth-columnists for who, “the rules” are far, far more important than respect, dignity and common sense.

He earned the exemption a very long time ago, putting his life on the line professionally for millions of people who aren’t fit to carry his canteens.

And what of those brave attorneys at Coates & Davenport P.C. who accepted this “case”?

They did so because compared to money, the Medal of Honor, the Flag and America do not mean anything to them... otherwise they would have refused the retainer.

Perhaps... your opinion about this matter may be of interest to them at:

Coates & Davenport P.C.
5206 Markel Road, Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23230
Toll Free: (800) 450-8311
Local Phone: (804) 285-7000
General Fax: (804) 285-2849
Real Estate Fax: (804) 285-3426

The picture of their office on their website doesn’t show a flag flying.

--Gary Alexander--

This is just another example of the fight that patriotic Americans have to fight every single day. What other country does not allow its citizens the right to proudly fly their country's flag? This is nothing more than a Home Owners Association trying to exert control for no other reason than to show their strength. This is exactly what Big Government proponents favor. Just ask yourself this question... How does Colonel Van Barfoot flying the American Flag on his flagpole endanger anyone, harm anyone, or cause any expense to anyone?

Colonel Van Barfoot simply does not want to NOT proudly fly the American flag.

Read that again if you have to. If anyone has earned the right to fly the American Flag in a proper manner, it is any one of the 1% of this nation that served in the military, especially a decorated veteran and recipient of the Medal of Honor. Everyone asks themselves what is wrong with America today. Well, it starts right here, the right to fly the American Flag on a proper flagpole. There is nothing wrong, unethical, or immoral with what Barfoot wants to do. He wants to fly the American Flag. He takes care to fold the flag properly when it is taken down. If everyone student in America followed this example, there would be a substantial decrease in crime and an increase in work ethic and respect for others. But instead, we have the Homeowners Association hiring lawyers and doing whatever they can to stop this American veteran from flying the American Flag because they view the American Flag on a proper flagpole as not aesthetically pleasing to the neighborhood.

Who would have ever thought the day would come when some low level group of self-righteous selfish people, who everyday rely on others to defend their rights and protect their lives, would be able to dictate to a decorated veteran Medal of Honor recipient on his right to fly the American Flag.

Please do not hesitate to call Coates & Davenport P.C. and voice your opinion on the subject. Allow us to give you that information again.

Coates & Davenport P.C.
5206 Markel Road, Suite 200
Richmond, VA 23230
Toll Free: (800) 450-8311
Local Phone: (804) 285-7000
General Fax: (804) 285-2849
Real Estate Fax: (804) 285-3426

If you decide to contact these people, be polite, but do not feel the need to sugar coat your true feelings.


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