A family in Montco County, PA was recently told by the Homeowners Association that they needed to take down their American flag. Darlene and Rocco Lacertosa said that they recently installed an American flag in front of their house to honor their two sons, both of whom are actively serving in the military.
The family made arguments against being told to take their flag down, citing that there are no written rules in the association contract that forbid a flag pole. Despite this, the association still persists and even says that this rule has been laid out in governing documents.
Homeowners Association orders removal of American flag, family argues there are no such rules
“Very upsetting since we have two sons in the military and this flag pole was Rocco’s dad’s which he proudly flew every day until the day he died,” Darlene shared in a social media post. The association sent a letter to the family, saying that they “trust that as a homeowner at Indian Valley Meadows you recognize that keeping the entire community looking good helps to promote strong values.” A spokesperson for the Galman Group confirmed to Patch that they had requested residents to comply with architectural standards and rules. “The standards specifically permit the American flag to be flown when mounted to a house but do not permit in-ground flags in the community,” the spokesperson said.
They continue, “The Galman Group and the Board at Indian Valley Meadows welcome its residents to display the American flag, and other appropriate flags, in accordance with the guidelines established for the benefit of the community.”