Feb 27, 2013 No Comments ›› Jake Hammer
Excerpted from WHNT: — A request to remove an American flag has caused an Internet uproar and a Facebook sharing frenzy.
A soldier and his wife who live at Stepping Stone Condominiums in Huntsville said they received a note from the complex Monday evening to remove the flag. The note said the flag violates the home owners association bylaws, and urged the couple to remove the flag as soon as possible to keep the community tidy.
The sharing of the notice by Staff Sergeant Brandon Weir on several veteran advocacy Facebook pages created a viral internet uproar. The story garnered hundreds of likes, shares and comments within minutes on WHNT News 19?s Facebook page. When a local group of concerned patriots caught drift of the debate they decided to congregate in front of the home and form a flag line in peaceful protest.
WHNT News 19 spoke with the Stepping Stone Association President and property manager Carol Coffey who said she has been flooded with emails and phone calls about the situation, all in support of the soldier. She said some of the emails were threatening in nature but ensured this was not an attack on the American Flag.
“I served in Afghanistan, I served in Iraq and I served in Kuwait. I am not anti-veteran and I am not a communist,” Coffey said staunchly.
The flustered Coffey says the member of their management team who delivered the flag removal request was unaware at the time of The Right to Display The American Flag Act of 2005.