A Georgia neighborhood has banned its residents from flying
the American flag on their homes, save for 23 “approved” days of the year.
Residents of The Village at Towne Lake in Cherokee County are furious –
especially veterans who cannot fly the flag they fought under.
This violates not only the First Amendment right to free
speech, but also the Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005.
As our country celebrates Flag Day and Independence Day, we
recall the special meanings of those dates: They celebrate the freedoms we
have, year round, to take pride in America and her symbols.
To The Village at Towne Lake Homeowners Association:
Giving your residents HOA violations for flying the American flag is wholly inappropriate, as well as illegal.
To restrict flying of the flag to 23 days of the year near holidays puts the U.S. flag on the same footing as a Halloween jack-o-lantern or Christmas lights. American pride is not seasonal – and neither is American freedom.
This is entirely offensive to all Americans, and even more so to veterans who put their lives on the line to ensure the Stars and Stripes can fly in our country. Common decency alone would have you remove this regulation.
Furthermore, the Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005 was signed into law to “ensure that the right of an individual to display the flag of the United States on residential property not be abridged.” This means that your regulation violates federal law. HOAs may reasonably regulate the placement and size of flag displays, but not ban them outright.
Remove this regulation and allow residents to fly their American flags as they choose, and celebrate what it means to be an American with this guaranteed freedom.