It always saddens me to see these stories. But with the number of flag fights going on around the country, is it any wonder that many of us think of the HOA movement as fundamentally anti-American? The latest is the Fieldstone Homeowners Association in Greenfield, Indiana.
(another veteran slammed for his flagpole)
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An interesting, encouraging twist in this story, Ward. The County Prosecutor is supporting the veteran’s right to keep the flags just where they are. In the attached link, the Willits’s read excerpts of a few hate letters, but most of their neighbors and surrounding community support them. http://www.wthr.com/story/27052664/2014/10/27/flagpole-fight-attracts-attention-of-hancock-county-prosecutor
If you would like to drop a note to the Willits their address is:
1621 Stonewall Dr, Greenfield, IN 46140
To send the President of their HOA a letter the address is: 1725 Stonewall Cir, Greenfield, IN 46140