Neighborhood Association Said Take Down Flagpole-He Said No

I ran across this article from about ten years back, but think this is very appropriate to share as we face this 2020 presidential election.

This is exactly why I agree with President Donald Trump that we should be teaching American History in our schools.

Remember the guy who wouldn’t take the flag pole down on his Virginia property awhile back?

You might remember the news story several months ago about a crotchety old man in Virginia who defied his local homeowners association and refused to take down the flag pole on his property along with the large American flag he flew on it.

Now we learn who that old man was. On June 15, 1919, Van T. Barfoot was born in Edinburg, Texas. That probably didn’t make news back then.

But twenty five years later, on May 23, 1944, near Cyrano, Italy, that same Van T. Barfoot, who had in 1940 enlisted in the U.S. Army, set out alone to flank German machine gun
positions from which gunfire was raining down on his fellow soldiers.

His advance took him through a minefield but having done so, he proceeded to single-handedly take out three enemy machine gun positions, returning with 17 prisoners of war.

And if that weren’t enough for a day’s work, he later took on and destroyed three German tanks sent to retake the machine gun positions.

That probably didn’t make much news either, given the scope of the war, but it did earn Van T. Barfoot, who retired as a Colonel after also serving In Korea and Vietnam, a well deserved Congressional Medal of Honor.

What did make news was his neighborhood association’s quibble with how the 90-year-old Veteran chose to fly the American flag outside his suburban Virginia home.

Seems the HOA rules said it was OK to fly a flag on a house-mounted bracket, but, for decorum, items such as Barfoot’s 21-foot flagpole were “unsuitable”.

Van Barfoot had been denied a permit for the pole, but erected it anyway and was facing court action unless he agreed to take it down.

Then the HOA story made national TV, and the neighborhood association rethought it’s position and agreed to indulge this aging hero who dwelt among them.

“In the time I have left,” he said to the Associated Press. “I plan to continue to fly the American flag without interference.”

As well he should. And if any of his neighbors had taken a notion to contest him further, they might have done well to read his Medal of Honor citation first. Seems it indicates Mr. Van Barfoot wasn’t particularly good at backing down.


Van T. Barfoot passed away on March 2, 2012.

5 thoughts on “Neighborhood Association Said Take Down Flagpole-He Said No

  1. Freedom rings for generations. We fight for the right to live free in a country that our forefathers spilled blood over for that very thing named FREEDOM. Generations later, freedom still rings as it is the children of yesterday who will rise today in the name of freedom before it takes its final ring…..President Trump for President.

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  2. I had a sign in my yard that said, “This house backs the blue.” I gave one to a neighbor whose on the HOA board and he was told by another board member that the sign wasn’t allowed. Further said only one political sign is permitted and this sign was not political. He relayed the information to me and I told him I wasn’t going to remove it and I would wait for my letter. In the meantime I did move the sign in place of my Trump MAGA 2020 sign. One Trump wins re-election I will put my Back the Blue sign back out there. If the HOA insists I may be calling KENS 5.


      1. Yes…our HOA allows one political sign. Before I got my Trump sign I had “This house backs the blue”. I was told that back the blue sign was not allowed as it wasn’t political. I’m putting it back once Trump is re-elected.

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