Barfoot Wins! UPDATED with Press Release
December 9th, 2009 by MOTHAX
AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Eva Russo Nov. 2: Col. Van T. Barfoot, 90, and his daughter Margaret Nicholls lower the flag outside Barfoot's home in Henrico County, Va. I never really felt that the conclusion of this debacle was ever in doubt. You simply can not have a MOH Recipient squaring off with a Homeowners Association and the MOH Recipient not winning. It was like Chantilly High School Football taking on an NFL team. (Except maybe the Pats, Steelers, and last years Lions.) There were a lot of folks who got involved in this one. Actually, it was somewhat staggering the army that was arrayed against these 8 folks on the Homeowners Association board. Toward the end, I almost started to feel bad for them. First off, you don't fight a guy like Colonel Barfoot. Then when groups like The American Legion jump in, and politicians from the 2 Senators (Warner and Webb) and even the spokesperson for the President of the United States, it just makes surrender a much easier alternative. From AP:
RICHMOND, Va. — A 90-year-old Medal of Honor recipient can keep his 21-foot flagpole in his front yard after a homeowner's association dropped its request to remove it, a spokesman for Democratic Virginia Sen. Mark Warner said Tuesday. The Sussex Square homeowners' association likewise has agreed to drop threats to take legal action against retired Army Col. Van T. Barfoot, Warner spokesman Kevin Hall said.I was trying to think of a single one of these occurences where the Flag supporters didn't win out. Just a few months ago there was the instance of the bank that wouldn't let the flag be put on the grounds during a parade. Yeah, that particular bank got slapped silly by corporate. Anyway, good on Col. Barfoot for sticking to his guns. UPDATE: TAL issued Press Release.
WASHINGTON (Dec. 9, 2009) – Calling the decision of the Sussex Square Homeowners’ Association Board to withdraw legal action against a WWII hero, “a great decision,” the leader of The American Legion congratulated all parties involved. "This is a victory for reason and I applaud the board for making the correct decision to permit this American hero to honor Old Glory in such a fitting way, every day, on his property,” said National Commander Clarence E. Hill. “I also commend Legionnaires and all Americans across the country who flooded Col. Barfoot, the association and The American Legion with letters, emails, phone calls and messages of support and tribute.” Because of the controversy involving the 90-year-old Medal of Honor recipient, Rep. Howard P. “Buck” Mckeon (R-CA) and Republican Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) introduced a resolution, H. Res. 952, allowing Congressional Medal of Honor recipients to properly display the United States flag on their property at all times. “I thank the law firm of Marchant, Honey & Baldwin for their pro-bono efforts in resolving this issue. There is always room for discussion and solutions to be achieved within the system,” Hill added. “In this case, the homeowners’ association recognized the remarkable sacrifice and devotion of this true hero and acted wisely within the boundaries of their authority to do the right thing. We understand and appreciate the important role homeowners’ associations play in local communities. The American Legion encourages all homeowners to continue to properly display Old Glory.”
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