War Vet Facing Penalty Over Flag Given More Time

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Residents in Richmond, Va., are appalled that even a 90-year-old war veteran and Medal of Honor recipient can face penalty for flying a flag in his front yard.

After meeting with his homeowner's associationCol. Van Barfoot now has until Dec. 11 to remove the 21-foot flagpole. The group had originally set a deadline for Friday, Dec. 4.

Since moving into his Henrico County home in July, Barfoot began flying a flag on Labor Day and again on Veterans Day.

However, the association informed him that it must come down because it's not "aesthetically appropriate."

Short flags are allowed on porches, but Barfoot says that's not the true way to show patriotism.

"First of all, it's not dignified, and it shows you got it in the half mast position," he said. "You can walk around here and I'll bet you the American flag is hanging out in the rain, nobody ever checks it."

Barfoot's family says he is the most decorated U.S. combat veteran. He fought in World War II and Vietnam and has received more than 20 medals, including the Medal of Honor, The Silver Star, The Legion of Merit and three Purple Hearts.

His story has caught national attention.

In response to criticism for forcing Barfoot to remove his flagpole, the association said in a statement, "This is not about the American flag. This is about a flagpole... We are a neighborhood of patriotic Americans, many of whom have served our country in the military as Col. Barfoot has done."

Barfoot said he's prepared to take the battle to court.

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