Van T. Barfoot and Homeowners Association Dispute Over a Flagpole-Truth!
Summary of eRumor:
This is a story about a decorated World War II veteran’s dispute with a homeowners association over a flagpole. Word of his death has gone viral on the Internet.
Retired Army Col. Van T. Barfoot was awarded the Medal of Honor during World War II and several decades later drew national attention from a dispute with his homeowners association that told him to remove a flagpole flying the Stars and Stripes from the front yard of his home in Virginia. This according to a March 2, 2012 article by the Washington Post that said he died that year on March 2nd at a hospital in Richmond at the age of 92.
After a drawn-out battle the association eventually reversed its decision and allowed the veteran to keep his flagpole. Barfoot’s home-front battle did catch the eye of Virginia lawmakers, which led to a state law making it more difficult for homeowners associations to ban U.S. flag flying at residences.