Thursday, May 20, 2010

88 Year-Old WWII Vet Retains Right To Fly Stars and Stripes

Does my heart good when morons are put in their place.

Let me state this again - emphatically:

This is The United States of America. There is NO TIME, NO PLACE, NO CASE in which the symbol of our country is inappropriate.  Period. End of discussion.

Don't like the "Stars and Stripes"?  No problem! Please, feel free to catch the next plane to say, Iran?  Don't let the door hit you in the azz on the way out...
Under pressure, a New Hampshire housing complex has reversed course after banning a Navy veteran and his neighbors from displaying the American flag in front of their homes.
Joe LeVangie, 88, is a World War II veteran who didn't think twice about flying an American flag outside his New Hampshire home.
At least until last week, when the Hillsborough housing complex where he lives told LeVangie and his neighbors that flying the flag was forbidden.
EJL Management, which runs the Maple Leaf complex, issued a notice to residents ordering them to remove all flags from the front of their homes immediately, citing the complex’s ban on outdoor decorations.
"The maintenance man took the bracket off the house so I couldn’t hang it up anymore," LeVangie told
LeVangie, a Navy veteran, had been flying the American flag outside the home for nine years to honor “troops serving overseas and those who never came back.”
He thought it should be an exception to the rule -- and he and other residents, with the help of various community groups, seemed to have convinced EJL. A police association said the management company will again allow the flags, based on an agreement with the association to replace those that have deteriorated.
LeVangie expressed confusion at why the management company allowed residents to display the American flag for so long if it was a true violation.
"It's been in the contract I guess but they didn't enforce it to much, cause I had mine up off and on for nine years," he said.
Under the preliminary agreement with EJL, the police association volunteered to cover the cost of replacing any flag that could not be replaced by its owner.
"An agreement was reached with the Police Association and the American Legion in the town of Hillsborough that if any of the flags became weathered or torn that they would basically look after the flags for the retirement community," Hillsborough Dispatcher Roarick told


  1. I am on the HOA board for my community here in California and I believe none of the other board members would breath a word in objection to anyone flying an America flag -- or putting up a pole to fly an American flag.

    Also, as an amateur radio operator, I work diligently to see that antennas -- within reason -- are given the green light.

    Strange how a flag pole can be also used as a 40M vertical, ain't it?


  2. Well, at least they reached the right decision there.

    I am with LeVangie here and question the timing of suddenly banning the flags after so many years though...