Meet retired Colonel Van T. Barfoot, U.S. Army, Medal of Honor winner, hero in WWII, hero today.
The best way to know about this man is to read the following quote from his Medal of Honor citation:
Mr. Barfoot, now ninety years old and one of a only a handful of surviving Medal of Honor recipients, has retired to a sleepy little community in Henrico County, Virginia, and the Homeowners' Association in his sleepy little community has told him he must remove the American flag from his front lawn. Just like that. They don't think it conforms to the vision they have for their community. I'm sure that Mr. Barfoot would never have moved into his home if he thought he could not fly his flag, and, indeed, there is no specific stipulation in the covenant agreement disallowing flagpoles. But, to be sure (I heard in a radio interview last night), the retired Army officer inquired about it specifically before he signed the covenant agreement, and he was told that his flag would be permissible. It seems, however, that the HOA changed its mind. Who knows why. Perhaps someone complained about the flag. Maybe it wakes them up in the morning when the colonel rises, bright and early, to hoist his flag -- our flag-- up the flagpole. Maybe someone in the neighborhood is getting tired of seeing him lower it every night at sunset, and respectfully fold it, three-corner-style, as any country-loving military war hero might do. Perhaps some people just don't like seeing the stars and stripes. Or it just may be that some HOAs are just power hungry and a little too big for their britches. There's no telling. Mr. Barfoot appealed the HOA's decision, of course, but the board of directors voted again to disallow the fixture on "aesthetic grounds."
As if the American flag were ever anything but beautiful anywhere it waves.
Read the story here at the Richmond Times Dispatch. Watch the video here.