Flag flap: Indiana veteran, wife battle homeowners association over Old Glory

by Joshua Rhett Miller
October 29, 2014

An elderly veteran and his wife say there’s “absolutely no way” the flagpole outside their Indiana home is coming down, despite threats from a homeowners association — and a local prosecutor intends to back them in court if necessary.

Bob and Judy Willits insist they intend to fight multiple letters from the Fieldstone Homeowners Association regarding the American and POW/MIA flags outside their Greenfield home. The couple was first told in early September that the freestanding patriotic display wasn’t welcome since it wasn’t mounted to the home.

“We have absolutely no plans to take it down,” Judy Willits told FoxNews.com on Tuesday. “It would be kind of a bloody situation if we had to take the flag down at this point.”

Judy Willits said her 82-year-old husband served four years during the Korean War and now suffers from Parkinson’s disease, as well as a lung ailment that limits his mobility. She said they wanted to show their devotion to the country and sense of community when they first put up the flags around July Fourth.

3 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • I Seigel says:

    Of course, FOX is going to turn this into a First Amendment issue, or a left vs right, Democrats vs Republicans issue. But the simple fact is that these people live in a planned community with a homeowners’ association and a whole long list of rules on what you can do with your house and property. You have to agree to only paint your house certain colors, use only certain curtains in your windows (if they can be seen from the street), how often you have to mow your lawn, what kind of mailbox you can use. They want the community to be uniform, neat and controlled. It’s not the type of neighborhood that suits everyone. But these people DID sign a contract, and now they have to abide by the rules.

    1. Wingedgodd3ss says:

      I would never live in that kind of place. My assumption is that it never occurred to them even with all of the rules concerning paint color ect that any regulations would restrict the American flag….

      1. I Seigel says:

        It might not have occurred to them, but we’ve all been caught on the short end by not reading the small print, unfortunately.

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