Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Another Veteran Forced To Remove American Flag

Is there a lawmaker anywhere with the stones to address this?  Let me say once again:


I can understand in a rental unit or planned community having limitations on size and mounting locations - I get that. Community consistency and all that.  But outright demand for removal of our flag is wrong. Especially when someone has served to defend it.

I hope there is recourse via The Freedom To Display The American Flag Act.  Perhaps add rental properties and HOAs to the act?  Anyone have ideas?

An Army veteran in Wisconsin will be allowed to display an American flag until Memorial Day, but the symbol honoring his service in Iraq and Kosovo must come down next Tuesday, his wife told
Dawn Price, 27, of Oshkosh, Wis., said she received a call from officials at Midwest Realty Management early Wednesday indicating that she and her husband, Charlie, would be allowed to continue flying the American flag they've had in their window for months through the holiday weekend. The couple had previously been told they had to remove the flag by Saturday or face eviction due to a company policy that bans the display of flags, banners and political or religious materials.
"It's basically an extension so we can fly the flag on Memorial Day," Price told "It does need to come down after that."
Charlie Price, 28, served tours of duty as a combat engineer in Iraq and Kosovo, his wife said. To honor his eight years of service, she began decorating their apartment during Veterans Day in November. An American flag topped off the display, she said.
"I knew it made Charlie really proud to see that," she said. "And this isn't something new. This has been up for quite some time now."
Veterans' groups were furious at the realtors' refusal to allow the flag to fly. 
"As a veteran, it sickens me that the Dawn and Charlie Price's building management company would imply that the American flag could be construed as offensive by their residents," said Ryan Gallucci, a spokesman for AmVets.
"We're talking about our most revered national symbol. This is insulting to anyone who has defended our flag honorably, like Charlie Price."


  1. Obviously the people at Midwest Realty Management are ignorant bullies, and Charlie and Dawn Price are ignorant tenants. As long as they pay the rent on time no one has the right to tell them how to decorate their walls or windows for that matter, otherwise it is an outright obstruction of freedom of expression, which should carry very severe penalties for the perpetrators for violating their Constitutional rights. The American flag shouldn’t be equated with flags, banners and political or religious materials. The American flag must be held in high regard since the white stars represent those that envisioned the American experiment, and believed that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. The blue background represents the Gospel of Salvation of Jesus Christ in which America was founded. The red stripes represent the blood of patriots shed on the world’s battlefields. And the white stripes represent the purity of liberty. Anyone that disrespects the American flag must be severely punished, and made an example to others.

  2. This is ludicrous! What is it with this realtor being anti-free speech and anti-American? This really ticks me off! The flag flying is freedom of speech and honoring both our country and our troops. I hope they fight for their free speech rights and take this to court.

  3. More ignorant leftist kool-aid drinkers trying to drown out patriotism like it's a four-letter word. Awesome. BTW, you've been linked in an update to the Tomlinson funeral affair.

  4. Man, am I sick of this crap... we need to take this country back

  5. People are missing the isn't about displaying the flag properly it is about using the flag as a CURTAIN!!! The way the flag is hung is improper as the union is not to the left when viewed to the street so it is hung against the flag code to begin with. Seems like people are picking certain comments out from articles to make the apartment managers look bad since no one seems to have focused on this quote I found in an article on TMJ4:

    “We just don’t allow people to stick things in their window,” Midwest Realty Management president Rodney Oschleger explained. “Instead of drapes or blinds, for example, we don’t allow them to put sheets. We don’t allow them to put flags or banners or religious or political things.”

    Oschleger insisted that the company’s objections are aesthetic and have nothing to do with the message a particular flag or banner might depict.

    “This is a window situation,” he added. “If they wanted to put a flag on their balcony we would have no problem with that.”

    So Prices how about we grow up and learn to follow rules...the windows are not supposed to be adorned with flags but you are more than welcome to hang your flag in another location. I would expect a veteran to know that hanging a flag where it is viewed backwards is wrong!

  6. Wearing the flag (like those giant flag shirts--hello tacky) or hanging it improperly is just wrong.

  7. As pictured, the flag is flown correctly - from an indoor perspective (which was the intent). Star field in upper left, stripes heading downward.

    As it turns out, the management group as acquiesced and allowed the flag to stay. They have also apologized to the Prices and will modify their CC&A to allow for "patriotic expression".

    Good for them...