There is a saying in the military that “rank has its privileges.” As a corollary to that, I often say that age has its privileges. I think both apply in the case of 90-year-old Medal of Honor recipient Col. Van T. Barfoot.
According to a number of stories, the Henrico man has been ordered by his homeowner’s association to remove a flag pole from his yard. Apparently, it’s OK to have a flag pole attached to your house, but not a free-standing vertical pole.
Barfoot lives in the Sussex Square community in far western Henrico; its board of directors rejected a plea from Barfoot in July to approve the pole, disallowing the fixture on aesthetic grounds.
Aesthetic grounds? Really? No other reason than the board didn’t think it looked right? Wow. Take a look at this video (courtesy of The Richmond Times-Dispatch):Vodpod videos no longer available.
Sen. Mark Warner has jumped into the fray. But it shouldn’t have come to that. RHIP and so does age. Let the man have his flagpole.