A Killeen, Texas, homeowners association (HOA) has warned an active-duty Army sergeant stationed at nearby Ft. Hood, that he and his family will be fined if they do not remove the U.S. flag from the front of the home they are renting.
“They said you can’t have a flagpole and so I took it off the flagpole, and then the HOA president who lives right down the street still told me that I can’t fly my flag, period,” Army Sgt. Chris Link told KCEN-TV.
The misguided, no-doubt leftist-managed HOA for the Falls of Fox Creek community sent Link an email saying that the only days the flag can be displayed are Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, and Flag Day. But not Independence Day, for crying out loud?
The local TV station interviewed link and he told them: “That flag means more to me than a lot of people realize. That’s the only reason I joined the Army … was to fight for my country because I love that flag and everything that flag stands for.”
After removing the flagpole and hanging the flag off the porch, Sgt. Link referred the HOA to the Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005, which in part reads:
A condominium association, cooperative association, or residential real estate management association may not adopt or enforce any policy, or enter into any agreement, that would restrict or prevent a member of the association from displaying the flag of the United States on residential property within the association with respect to which such member has a separate ownership interest or a right to exclusive possession or use.
The HOA was not deterred and replied, “You cannot display your flag. We have gone through this with a number of homeowners. Please remove it, or I will have your fine sent out today.”
After being contacted by KCEN, the HOA switched gears and indicated that the HOA allows approved flag poles attached to homes, but the homeowner the Links rent from did not approve the pole attachment to the house.
Killeen is a city filled with active duty and retired military people. One of the largest military bases in the world, Fort Hood is adjacent to Killeen, which hosts a workforce population of almost 55,000 military and civilian personnel. Retirees from all military branches choose to reside nearby because of the wide range of amenities there that military retirees qualify for and the camaraderie to be had in the community.
Obviously, prohibiting the American flag from being displayed is a losing proposition for a Homeowners Association in a place like Killeen. In a classic HOOAH moment, several community members are now also flying flags from their porches in solidarity with the Links.
“I don’t think anybody who has a home in the United States of America should be told they can’t fly the colors, the flag for that same country they’re residing in,” veteran and neighbor Clifford Devaul said.
Video by KCEN TV
I know how you feel; we returned from Viet Nam & could not wear our uniforms because of the hostility. You never get over the hate for serving to protect their rights. HOA threatens to fine soldier if he doesn’t take down American flag https://t.co/RvsuWQXNqP via @KCENNews
— Chatitup! (@JosephMarionRa2) May 19, 2019
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