• Soldier in Texas fighting HOA over right to display American flag

    By: Bob D'Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    KILLEEN, Texas - A soldier in Texas is fighting with a homeowner’s association over flying an American flag at the house he rents.

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    Sgt. Chris Link, who serves at Fort Hood, lives in the Falls of Fox Creek Community in Killeen, KCEN reported. Link said he received a letter from the homeowner’s association that instructed him to remove the American flag hanging on a pole in his yard, the television station reported.

    A soldier in Texas is fighting with a homeowner’s association over flying an American flag at the house he rents. Sgt. Chris Link, who serves at Fort Hood, lives in the Falls of Fox Creek Community in Killeen, KCEN reported. Link said he received a letter from the homeowner’s association that instructed him to remove the American flag hanging on a pole in his yard, the television station reported. According to email sent to Link, community guidelines stipulate that a flag that is displayed cannot be flown on a pole, KCEN reported. It also can be displayed four days a year -- Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day and Flag Day, the television station reported. “Please understand 90% of the homeowners are retired military and when the four days of the year that we can display our flags, we do. So, please remove the flag so there will be no violation sent out with a fine attached to it,” the email said. Link said he removed the flag and mounted it on the house with brackets, KCEN reported. However, he received a notice from the homeowner’s association president that threatened a fine if the flag was not removed. “The issue is settled and frankly, I think it is absolutely disgusting and unpatriotic of you to try to bully the members of this community into not flying an AMERICAN flag,” Link said in an email to the HOA president. A homeowner’s association official told KCEN the organization allows flag poles attached to homes, but the homeowner did not approve the pole attachment to the house. Links' neighbors told the television station they are angered by the homeowner’s association’s stance and plan to display their flags in a show of solidarity.

    According to email sent to Link, community guidelines stipulate that a flag that is displayed cannot be flown on a pole, KCEN reported. It also can be displayed four days a year -- Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day and Flag Day, the television station reported.

    “Please understand 90% of the homeowners are retired military and when the four days of the year that we can display our flags, we do. So, please remove the flag so there will be no violation sent out with a fine attached to it,” the email said.

    Link said he removed the flag and mounted it on the house with brackets, KCEN reported. However, he received a notice from the homeowner’s association president that threatened a fine if the flag was not removed.

    “The issue is settled and frankly, I think it is absolutely disgusting and unpatriotic of you to try to bully the members of this community into not flying an AMERICAN flag,” Link said in an email to the HOA president.

    A homeowner’s association official told KCEN the organization allows flag poles attached to homes, but the homeowner did not approve the pole attachment to the house.

    Links' neighbors told the television station they are angered by the homeowner’s association’s stance and plan to display their flags in a show of solidarity.


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