Medal Of Honor recipient in a suburb of Richmond ordered to remove a flagpole from his lawn.
Col. Van T. Barfoot, a local Medal of Honor winner, is under the gun from his Henrico County community’s homeowner association.
In a five-paragraph letter to Barfoot that he received yesterday, Barfoot is being ordered to remove a flagpole from his yard. The decorated veteran of three wars, now 90 years old, raises the American flag every morning on the pole, then lowers and folds the flag at dusk each day in a three-corner military fashion.
In an update today, Senator Warner is supporting this hero, much to his credit.
From the halls of Congress to the 90-year-old colonel’s old infantry unit, a local law firm and scores of service members, help is making its way to Col. Van T. Barfoot.
“He said he was outraged and wanted to help,” Barfoot’s daughter said yesterday, speaking of U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va., who learned of Barfoot’s plight on TimesDispatch.com yesterday.
And, if nothing else, Richmond residents can use this incident to assist them in choosing a law firm to represent them should the need arise:
The Coates & Davenport law firm in Richmond sent a priority-mail letter ordering Barfoot to remove the pole by 5 p.m. Friday or face “legal action being brought to enforce the covenants and restrictions against you.” The letter states that Barfoot will be subject to paying all legal fees and costs in any successful legal proceeding pursued by the homeowners association’s board.
A Richmond law firm, Marchant, Honey & Baldwin, offered yesterday to represent Barfoot at no cost, partner John Honey said.
So, apparently, if you need legal representation, are a patriot and value our war heros, the choice of law firm should be pretty easy.
I really cannot express how outraged I am about this. Just one more reason that I despise the entire concept of the “Home Owners Association” and will never live in an area that falls under such a despotic organization.
Marko, the Munchkin Wrangler, covered it quite nicely in his post to which I must give a hat tip. I generally check the local papers for stories of note but haven’t checked in the past few days and so missed this one until he pointed it out.
Also, you have to question the smarts of a group of people who decided to boss around a man who took on three German Tiger tanks head-on armed with only a bazooka and a Thompson, and came out on top. I want to bet that even at his age, Colonel Barfoot has more mojo in his pinky than that whole sad assembly of lawn & paint Mussolinis can scrounge up in their entire family trees counting two generations up and down.
I am also reminded of one of my favorite quotes from Thomas Sowell:
“If people are free to do as they wish, they are almost certain not to do as we wish. That is why Utopian planners end up as despots, whether at the national level or at the level of the local ‘redevelopment’ agency.”
Or the level of the local Home Owners Association.