Veteran Ordered To Remove Flag From Outside Home
HILLSBOROUGH, N.H. -- A Navy veteran is fighting to be able to show his patriotism by flying an American flag outside his apartment building.
Joe LeVangie, 88, said he's upset after he and his neighbors were told to take their flags down because flying them was against management policy. He said there should be an exception for the flag.
LeVangie, a World War II veteran, said he used to fly his American flag outside his apartment at the Maple Leaf complex in Hillsborough.
"In respect for all the troops serving overseas now and for those who never came back," he said.
But recently, his management company told all residents that their flags had to come down. The brackets for the flag poles were also removed.
"I was madder than hell," he said. "Come to find out, it was the maintenance man who was told to do so."
The same thing happened to Margery Kenney, who lives next door. Her brackets were taken down, and her flag is now rolled up against the wall.
"My whole family was in the service, and it's a shame something like this was allowed to happen," she said.
EJL Management said the flags violate a blanket policy prohibiting such displays. A letter sent to LeVangie said a letter sent to him by the company said it was part of a policy that also prohibits lawn ornaments and grills.
The company said that to honor residents' patriotism, a flag was placed at the entrance of Maple Leaf. But LeVangie said a single flag is not enough.
"Why should it be sufficient?" he said. "Is the one in Concord sufficient for the state of New Hampshire?"
LeVangie's rent is subsidized by the federal government. A representative from the Department of Housing and Urban Development said EJL is complying with the Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005.
UPDATE: Update: Hillsborough police say an agreement has been reached to allow LeVangie and other residents to fly the U.S. flag and make sure the flags are in good condition. Read The Update HERE
HILLSBOROUGH, N.H. -- A Navy veteran in Hillsborough will now be allowed to fly his U.S. flag outside his apartment building.
Hillsborough police said an agreement has been reached to allow residents of the Maple Leaf Village complex to fly flags.
Joe LeVangie, 88, and his neighbors had been told to take down the flags because they were displayed in violation of a policy set by the management company. LeVangie is a World War II veteran and said he flew his flag to honor troops serving overseas.
Police said that under a preliminary agreement reached with management company EJL Management, the Hillsborough Police Association in partnership with American Legion Post 59 agreed to keep an eye on the flags and make sure they are in good condition. If not, the police association will talk to the owner of the flag to see if it can be replaced.
If the owner can't replace it, the police association will cover the cost to replace the flag at no cost to the town or owner of the rental property.
Police said all parties are in agreement, and the details will be worked out with the property custodian.
LeVangie's story gained national attention after it was first reported on News 9. Many viewers who saw the story on-air or online said they were shocked by the order to remove the flag.
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Oh My God!!! What is happening to this Country? You cant wear a Cross or a Rosary to School, the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts are under attack, you cant fly the American Flag anywhere it seems EVEN IN AMERICA, The Memorial For The Veterans Cross in the Mojave Desert is being solen then replaced then stolen again, and on and on... People need to knock it off. This Country was founded under the belief that GOD does exist and 80% of the people agree. God is in our Constitution, Our Currency, even the Senate and The House Of Representatives open with a prayer EVERY DAY!!!
This NONSENSE Has to Stop!!!!
Not to mention the 1st Amendment which Guarantees the right to "Freedom Of Speech"!!!
Oh PLEASE, someone stop this madness!!!!