Veteran: “I’ll stop flying my flag when I’m dead”

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CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga –Residents of a housing community in Georgia are “upset” by Homeowners Association (HOA) rules that say they can only fly the American flag on 23 days out of the year. Residents have been asked by The Village at Town Lake HOA to take their flags down, and they have been informed that they’re violating the rules by flying them year round.

Residents say limiting their ability to fly the flag to certain days relegates it to a “decoration.”

“I’m not gonna take it down,” said resident Tom Wilder, a Navy vet. “I fought for our flag and our country and I will continue to fight for our flag and our country, no matter what.”

Retired Air Force vet Pete Rockett also lives in the development. He says he won’t be taking down the flag either. “I don’t think I would be able to look at myself in the mirror,” Rockett said. He says he flew the flag for a year with no problem, until now.

Army veteran Richard Tibbetts agrees. “I will remove the flag from my house when they remove my body from that house and cover it with the flag,” Tibbetts said.


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