A Valley Man Fights to Keep Up His American Flag

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

HARRISONBURG -- A Valley man is fighting to show his patriotism. That's because his home owner's association is telling him he can't fly his flag. But the bylaws don't say anything about flags.

Jordan White has lived in Beacon Hill for almost a year. An American flag sits outside his home. A few days ago he received a tag saying 'flags aren't allowed in front'.

"I think it's absolutely ridiculous. It's a small flag. It's not blocking any pathways it's on my rental property," said White.

WHSV spoke with someone with the Beacon Home Owners Association but she would not go on camera.

She said White is allowed to have an American flag outside his home as long as he would have a light on it at night and it's kept away from bushes.

But the flag isn't touching anything.

"I think putting a light on this small welcome flag is going to be much more tacky," said White.

When you go on the home owners association website you can find two different documents. One is the complete bylaws of the entire place and this one a summary. One says you're not allowed any flags but one doesn't say anything like that.

Chris Mawyer is White's next door neighbor. He doesn't have a problem with it and wants to put up his own flag

"We're here in the states why can't you show the states flag as pride and loyalty. The only reason why I haven't gone out and get one because I couldn't find a big enough one," said Mawyer.

White said he was told by the home owners association that he can only have an American flag out during Fourth of July.

"My words to the complaint is, if you don't like the United States flag, you should probably move," said White.

White said he plans on keeping up the flag. He said he may have to pay a fine but he isn't sure how much it would be.

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