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Homeowners association drops legal action against Colonel

Posted by Terry Alexander - email

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - In Henrico a 90 year old war vet's fight to fly his flag may be over. Late today, a spokesman for U.S. Senator Mark Warner says the Sussex Square Homeowners Association has dropped its request that the Colonel remove his flagpole by Friday. 

The association released a statement saying it has agreed to withdraw its previous threat to file legal action against retired army Col. Van T. Barfoot. The association had threatened to take the 90 year old Medal of Honor recipient to court if he didn't take down the 21-foot pole at his Henrico home.    

The pole violated the neighborhood's aesthetic guidelines. The story caught the entire nation's attention including the White House's. News that the Colonel can apparently keep his flag pole spread quickly tonight near his Henrico neighborhood. 

"I'm very excited about it, just the fact he's served our country and he's a war veteran; it's well earned, so the fact that it would have been a disgrace to him and to our country if it didn't fall through like that," said Henrico resident Jeff Saunders. 

Tonight, we spoke with the attorney representing Colonel Barfoot and he told us they plan to talk about this decision tomorrow. 

Also, because of this story Congressmen Eric Cantor and Howard McKeon introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives today that would allow Congressional Medal of Honor recipients to properly display the U.S. flag on their property at all times. 

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