They don’t call them neighborhood Nazis for nothing. I remember the Homeowners Association where we used to live cited us for having the wrong color blinds on our front door. We had cheap, light brown blinds I had gotten from Walmart, but according to the HOA notice, they had to be either white or off-white. Therefore, we were in violation, and the color we had made for “unsightly conditions.” I had to buy white or off-white blinds, or face daily fines until they were replaced.
This East Tennessee veteran had a similar problem. Instead of the wrong color blinds on her front door, the HOA haggled with her over the flagpole in her front yard. The association viewed the flagpole as a structure, which according to the contract, isn’t allowed. So, she complied and had the flag and the pole removed. But she was dismayed that she had to take down the American flag, all because it violated some silly neighborhood code. WUSA-9 reported:
[Delia] Foster found out the HOA follows county codes, and through confirmation at the Mayor’s office she discovered the county does not define the flagpole as a structure. Further investigation of her HOA’s current covenant, and she learned they never voted to specifically ban flagpoles. The discoveries meant the return of her flag.
“It’s the icon and the beacon for everyone in the military,” said Foster.
Foster’s Brother and the Loudon County veterans honor guard properly reinstated the flag in a small ceremony.
“Veterans are a big group, and it’s my experience that they, we, do support each other in times like this,” said Foster, “It’s really a family.”
Delia Foster sent a letter to the homeowner’s association board explaining her actions and what she had found. If the HOA is still dissatisfied with her decision, they would have to rewrite their covenant to specifically ban flagpoles, which would require a vote from a neighborhood majority.
“It really makes me feel great to be able to walk under that flying flag again,” said Foster.
Foster also will set up a light to shine on the flagpole at night. When you fly a flag 24/7, it is proper to have it illuminated during darkness.
I doubt the association will be able to garner enough support to ban flagpoles in their neighborhood. We’ll see what they come up with as a response.