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Military Vet Ordered to Remove Tiny American Flag From Patio: ‘I Saw the Flag Flying in Afghanistan, It’d Be Nice to See It Flying Here, Too’

Posted by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 11:09 AM
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Military Vet Ordered to Remove Tiny American Flag From Patio: ‘I Saw the Flag Flying in Afghanistan, It’d Be Nice to See It Flying Here, Too’

Tyler Barge describes himself as a proud military veteran. He was deployed to Afghanistan for nine months in 2011 where he served in the U.S. Army National Guard. He just returned home in March of 2012.

So, you can imagine his disgust when management at his apartment complex ordered him to remove the small American flag he had stuck into a pot of dirt on his patio.

Apartment Complex Orders Military Veteran Tyler Barge to Remove Small American Flag

(Credit: Tyler Barge)

“I like to keep a flag on display in honor of those who have died fighting for our freedom,” Barge, 22, told TheBlaze in an exclusive interview on Thursday. “I had the privilege of coming home and they didn’t. I try to do what I can to keep their memory alive.”

“I saw the flag flying in Afghanistan, it’d be nice to see it flying here too,” he added.

Barge said he received a notice from Riverwalk Apartments in Salem, Va. on Wednesday ordering him to remove the American flag, trash items, a broom and even a glass table from the patio.

“We need your help to keep our community one of the best in Salem! We need for you to remove the following items from your patio,” the notice read. It then listed the previously mentioned items. The notice went on:

Per our lease agreement we only allow the following times on your patio/balcony:

1. Patio furniture

2. Up to (3) working bicycles

3. Plants

The complex is giving Barge until Monday to remove the flag and other items.

by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 11:09 AM
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s.osborne
by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 3:27 PM
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 Stupid. I woud LOVE to see someone try and tell someone in the south to take down a flag! It wouldn't happen.

imamomzilla
by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 3:33 PM
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 I'd put in the front window. :-)

patriotic

deltathree
by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 5:18 PM

OY! eye rolling

emeraldangel2.0
by on Feb. 1, 2013 at 7:41 PM

if those are the rules then they have to comply. if someone had a mexican flag, you would have no problem with them being asked to be removed. if he doesn't like the rules, move.

ambertreas76
by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 7:29 AM
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When did this stop being the United States? 

almostthere55
by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 7:40 AM

This is OUR flag.  I don't understand why they would have a rule against it?  I would move just because of that....

armyvet06
by Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 7:44 AM
If someone told me to remove my flag, i would be raising hell while packing my stuff to move to another place.
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JLah
by on Feb. 2, 2013 at 7:46 AM

I will never understand not being able to display our flag. It makes no sense.

GertieK
by Silver Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 11:36 AM
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PC gone amock. What does the comparison to a Mexican flag have to do with this situation?  If I was in Mexico, I would have no problem with a Mexican flag being flown.  But, this is not Mexico.  It is AMERICA, and displaying an American flag (and a TINY one at that) should cause NO ONE any problems.  Our poor country.  We have allowed ourselves to fall prey to a bunch of numb-nuts who have lost all sense of loyalty and patriotism.  Legally, he signed the agreement... but that doesn't mean he has to stay there... or make a huge stink in the process.

artemisa3001
by Bronze Member on Feb. 2, 2013 at 1:42 PM
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He should start a petition on Change.org, I bett we will get a lot of signatures, it is outrageous!

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