Nine years after he was given permission to flag an American flag in his yard, and began doing so, a veteran is now being told he must remove it, he says.
Wayne Marchant, who served four years active duty and four years in the Air Force reserves, says his Home Owners Association (HOA) has suddenly rescinded permission to flag in front of his Franklin, Ohio home.
According to the HOA, flying the American flag a home’s yard “does not comply with the communities standards,” Local station WLWT reports (emphasis added):
"As a veteran, I wouldn't think to erect a flagpole and fly the American flag would be something that I would have to get permission to do," Marchant said.
Marchant moved into Franklin's Renaissance subdivision nine years ago. He said then, the homeowners association gave him verbal permission to install the pole and fly the flag.
Last Friday, he received a letter from his HOA management company, Omni Community Association Managers, LLC, which said, "During a recent inspection, it was observed that a flag pole has been erected in your front lawn which does not comply with the community's standards, which violates the Deed Restrictions and/or Rules, as such, the structure needs to be removed or modified to meet applicable standards; and to ensure compliance."
Omni Community Association, the HOA, says its board will consider Marchant’s complaint and issue a final decision.