Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Colonel Barfoot wins: Sussex Square HOA backs down--for now

Colonel Van T. Barfoot will be allowed to keep his flagpole. The Sussex Square Home Owners Association has dropped its plans for legal action to force the retired Medal of Honor winner to take down his flagpole.

The HOA had faced a wave of public disapproval, including public statements from U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner, as well as Governor Tim Kaine. This overwhelming reaction doubtless forced the HOA to reconsider its actions.

Republican minority whip Eric Cantor belatedly attempted to jump on the bandwagon of support for Barfoot. After a week of silence on the subject and after thousands of people had voiced support for Barfoot, Cantor--who is Barfoot's representative in Congress--finally acted.

Cantor offered a bill in the U.S. House that would have made it legal for any winner of the Medal of Honor to display the U.S. flag properly minutes before Senator Mark Warner's office announced that the situation had been settled. No word on why it took Cantor so long to act or why he has previously been silent on the issue.

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