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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  • by Anonymous on Dec 10, 2009 at 05:14 AM
    Where are we in this nation when people think that "aesthetics" are more important than our nation's flag and the service of an MOH winner? I think the more front yards with a flag pole the better.
  • by Jay Location: Meridian on Dec 9, 2009 at 10:22 PM
    Bureaucracy without common sense will only lead to injustice. I would like to take this moment to honor Retired Army Col. Van T. Barfoot. And commend Sen. Jim Webb for backing him.
  • by Robert C Location: collinsville on Dec 9, 2009 at 03:56 PM
    Thank you sir for your excemplary service.You are indeed an AMERICAN HERO.The problem here is that it went as far as it did.How could anyone with any backbone tell this MOH winner that he cannot fly his flag on a flagpole because of the rules and regulations in some stupid homeowners assoc. manual.Get a life and thank those that defend your rights to complain.I bet that fella is really feeling small and insignificant right now.Thanks to all Veterans who has served and continue to serve.
  • by Stephen Location: Alabama on Dec 9, 2009 at 02:25 PM
    Thank God that sensible, common sense judgment prevailed in this situation.
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