May 27, 2010
Wisconsin Veteran Must Remove Flag In Window After Memorial Day
Wisconsin Veteran Must Remove Flag After Memorial Day
An Army veteran in Wisconsin will be allowed to display an American flag until Memorial Day, but the symbol honoring his service in Iraq and Kosovo must come down next Tuesday, his wife told FoxNews.com.
Dawn Price, 27, of Oshkosh, Wis., said she received a call from officials at Midwest Realty Management early Wednesday indicating that she and her husband, Charlie, would be allowed to continue flying the American flag they’ve had in their window for months through the holiday weekend. The couple had previously been told they had to remove the flag by Saturday or face eviction due to a company policy that bans the display of flags, banners and political or religious materials.
“It’s basically an extension so we can fly the flag on Memorial Day,” Price told FoxNews.com. “It does need to come down after that.”
Charlie Price, 28, served tours of duty as a combat engineer in Iraq and Kosovo, his wife said. To honor his eight years of service, she began decorating their apartment during Veterans Day in November. An American flag topped off the display, she said.
“I knew it made Charlie really proud to see that,” she said. “And this isn’t something new. This has been up for quite some time now.”
Veterans’ groups were furious at the realtors’ refusal to allow the flag to fly.
“As a veteran, it sickens me that the Dawn and Charlie Price’s building management company would imply that the American flag could be construed as offensive by their residents,” said Ryan Gallucci, a spokesman for AmVets.
“We’re talking about our most revered national symbol. This is insulting to anyone who has defended our flag honorably, like Charlie Price.”
Dawn Price said she now works to amend the federal Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005, which states no “condominium association, cooperative association, or residential real estate management association” may stop someone from flying the American flag. The law, however, does not apply to renters.
“This has been eating at us since Friday,” she said. ‘The best way to fight this isn’t getting an eviction and going after these people in court. That’s just going to cost us a lot of time, energy and money.”
Instead, Dawn Price said she either intends to place a curtain between the flag and the apartment window to block it from onlookers or will move it to a rear balcony come next week.
Wild Thing's comment........
By not wanting to offend another country, they have instead offended a war veteran who served his country honorably so people like these rental companies can wake up everyday and make a living. This is a slap in the face to this hero that served, and a slap in the face to every American who has ever served.
Just think if everyone that lived in our country loved our country and appreciated why and HOW they have been able to live in the land of the free this about the Falg would never be an issue.....never ever.
Posted by Wild Thing at May 27, 2010 05:45 AM
These folks and any other Patriotic Americans living in that apartment complex need to move out real fast. I wouldn't want to live somewhere that wouldn't allow Old Glory to fly.
Posted by: BobF at May 27, 2010 07:45 AM
More P.C. crap that weakens our identity as Americans. It's OUR FLAG, for crying out loud. He fought to defend it, now he can't fly it??!!
Posted by: petesuj at May 27, 2010 09:13 AM
How about the management company worry about not offending Americans or are we not diverse enough?
Posted by: Anonymous at May 27, 2010 09:35 AM
This is a copy of an e-mail I sent to Midwest
After reading an article about a Oshkosh Wisconsin couple being told by your Real Estate
management firm to remove their American Flag, I’m totally P/O. It confirms my beliefs
that this country is going to hell in a handbag.. It is bad enough we have an arrogant boob
for President, but little things like you folks pull add up to major problems.. This country is one sick puppy….Stop and think, yes “Think” about how many men and women have
Died so we can keep flying that flag..
Posted by: Gator at May 27, 2010 03:53 PM
I may be wrong but that flag appears to be INSIDE their apartment. What is anybody doing looking into their windows. And since they are paying their rent anything inside that apartment should be private property and anyone else should stay the hell out.
Screw'em I'd leave it in the window or better yet hand it outside their window in a Flag post.
Posted by: Mark at May 27, 2010 04:42 PM