Woodstock, GA - The Village at Towne Lake Homeowners Association made residents furious by making a rule that they can display the American flag 23 days a year; those are 23 specific days, not days of their own choosing.
According to 11 Alive, the HOA sent an email to residents about the rule, which didn't 'fly well' with some residents.
One resident said, "By limiting it to holidays, he's equating it to Christmas lights. You put your Christmas lights up at Christmas, you fly your flag on this holiday. The flag is an everyday thing."
Residents said that they've displayed their flags year-round with no problem - until now. Some have lived in the neighborhood for more than 10 years.
Donna Gorshe is one resident who's lived there for three years, and who is in disbelief after receiving the email. She said, "Brave men and women fight for that flag. And many of them come home in coffins draped in that flag. My father fought in World War II and was in the Battle of the Bulge and lost many of his friends. They fought for the flag."
She lives in the same neighborhood as another resident, Army veteran Richard Tibbetts. He said, "I spent 23 years of my life defending this country, and for someone to tell me arbitrarily when I can honor it, is unacceptable."
The email lists 20 holidays when residents can fly the American flag from dawn to dusk. Residents say that the list is random, for example, including Mother's Day, but not Father's Day.
They said that they intend on continuing to fly the flag, despite the fine that the HOA is sure to impose. Tibbetts said, "I will remove the flag from my house when they remove my body from that house and cover it with the flag."
11 Alive News emailed and called the The Village at Towne Lake Homeowners Association for response to this story, but were refused an interview, and told no comment.
One angry resident already has their home on the market.
It's disrespectful to veterans who can't fly the flag to honor the country they served, and to citizens who want to honor their country as well.
Do you want to tell them what you think of this rule? Feel free to contact David Pearson Communities, INC and spread the word that if this is allowed to continue, then we don't be buying homes in their communities.