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Just a Thought

I'm sitting here on the couch writing this column in my living room. The front door is closed but through two small windows at the top of the door I can see our American Flag flapping in the wind. It's been a fixture on the outside of our home for as long as I can remember and it is a rare occasion when it's not hung outside.

I remember when we first moved here, our house needed quite a bit of work done to it. So normally, all I wanted to do was look for new flooring, paint colors, new furniture, decorations, etc. Yet, one of the first things my husband went out and bought was a flag holder, which he mounted to the outside of our home near the front door. And I remember, like it was yesterday, when I came home the following day with our first American flag to hang. However, when my husband looked at it still in its packaging, I promptly got the stink eye from him. "Made in China?" he questioned aloud. "I don't think so." He promptly returned my purchase and came home with a flag which had been made in America. I smiled and realized he certainly had a point and will say I never made that rookie mistake again.

So I guess since that time, I may have taken for granted our decision to continually fly our country's flag outside our home. I recently spoke to a local resident, a veteran, who doesn't have that choice. She lives in a condominium whose association has various restrictions on doing so, and from what I understand, this is a familiar rule in many such communities. Many associations don't allow its residents to affix anything to the outside of their home, including flag holders.

She has gone to her association, citing the Freedom to Display the American Flag Act, which prohibits property management organizations from restricting homeowners from displaying the flag of the United States on their property. Through this, I hope she finds some resolution. Still, I find it sad that in this country such an Act even had to be created.

So after hearing her story, I'm thinking, here's a woman who has served her country (along with multiple members of her family) and she's not permitted to display an American flag in the front of her property, not even on Veteran's Day. I shake my head at this and think how sadly ironic that is.




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