Medal of Honor Winner Can Keep Flagpole

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A 90-year-old Medal of Honor winner can keep his 21-foot flagpole in his front yard after a homeowners' association dropped its request to remove it.

A spokesman for Virginia Sen. Mark Warner says the Sussex Square homeowners' association likewise has agreed to drop threats to take legal action against retired Army Col. Van T. Barfoot, a Mississippi native.

The association had threatened to take Barfoot to court if he failed to remove the pole from his suburban Richmond home by Friday. It had said the pole violated the neighborhood's aesthetic guidelines.

Dropping the issue effectively ends a request that White House press secretary Robert Gibbs Monday called "silly."

Warner and Sen. Jim Webb had rallied behind Barfoot, a World War II veteran.

In a letter last week, Webb urged the association to "consider the exceptional nature of Col. Barfoot's service when considering his pride and determination in honoring our flag."


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