Franklin veteran fighting HOA to keep flag outside his home

Updated: Apr. 2, 2018 at 11:03 PM EDT
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FRANKLIN, OH (FOX19) - A Franklin veteran feels his patriotism is under attack after his homeowner's association asked him to take down the flag in front of his home.

Wayne Marchant feels a sense of pride every time he walks past the American flag.

"I feel good about it," said Marchant.

On Friday, though, he says he was disgusted when he got a letter in the mail from the Manager of the Renaissance Homeowner's Association stating that the flagpole is a violation of the community rules.

"They have HOA members that periodically drive through the neighborhood looking for anything that might be a violation of the HOA rules. They noticed that in their words 'the flagpole had been erected in our front yard,'" said Marchant.

The letter says the flagpole needs to be removed or modified. He's not sure what the modification would be, but he says this flag has been outside of his home for the past eight years. It was a gift from his wife.

He says this new rule isn't just about him but the entire community.

"I feel like its an attack on everybody's patriotism, the love of their country," said Marchant.

Before the flag was put in place his wife says she got permission from the Homeowner's Association. However, in the past few years, the board members of the association have changed and the person who approved it is no longer there.

Throughout the community, there are several flags on display several neighbors say they want to keep it that way.

"There are people who fought for the right to fly our flag and that's just his right. I'm a veteran myself and I wouldn't take my down either," said Greg Richmond.

Richmond also has a flag outside of his home. The flag is not on a pole, so the HOA has not asked him to remove it.

Marchant says he believes the HOA is violating state and federal laws by asking him to remove his flag. Currently, the flag continues to fly high outside of his home. For now, he says, he has no intentions of taking it down.

"I'm going to fight this battle as long as I can," he said.

FOX19 NOW tried reaching out to the Omni Community Association Managers for a comment about the community bylaws. FOX19 is still working to get a response.

In the meantime, the letter from the HOA says Marchant could be fined if he doesn't comply.

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