Homeowners' Association Is Trying To Stop Woman From Flying Blue Star

Homeowners' Association Is Trying To Stop Woman From Flying Blue Star Flag In Honor Of Her Son’s Military Service

October 15, 2015

Homeowners' Association Is Trying To Stop Woman From Flying Blue Star Flag In Honor Of Her Son’s Military Service

A Pennsylvania woman says her homeowners' association is trying to stop her from flying a Blue Star flag in honor of her son’s military service.

Donna Morey told Fox 29 that she has been flying the special flag for nearly a year, but last week got a call telling her that she could be running afoul of the rules in her Tarrington Village townhome complex in Hatfield, a Philadelphia suburb. Those rules state only white or off-white window treatments may be visible from outside the house.

She told the station her reaction was disbelief. “You got to be kidding me,” she said. “Are they serious?”

Morey's display of patriotism hangs in the window of an upstairs bedroom. Her son Donald Morey is a major in the Army who has served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He stays with her when he is home on leave.

“I want to display that for all who served, not only my son, but all who served,” Morey told the station.

   

A Blue Star flag is displayed when a family member is serving in the military during a time of war. A Gold Star indicates a family member who was killed in combat.

The Blue Star flag in Morey’s home measures 8-by-14 inches and is barely visible from the street, but that hasn't stopped some neighbors from complaining about it, Fox 29 reported.

Morey said she was told she must make a written appeal for a temporary exemption to the rules if she wants to keep the display.

“I don’t know if you call it an exemption,” she told the station. “I just need special permission from the architectural committee to be able to display it.”

She added: “I think that’s ridiculous. I’m not doing it. I said I’m not writing the letter.”

Morey said her Blue Star flag is special because it was a gift from a military vet who narrowly escaped death in Vietnam.

Fox 29 said it sought comment from the management company that runs Tarrington Village and the homeowner’s board but has not heard back.

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Credit: FoxNews.com

 

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7 Responses

Nancy
Nancy

February 22, 2016

Donna Morey’s neighbors are a unch of losers! They should be thanking her son when he is home for his service. I tell you, I would get the ugliest, craziest looking fabric I could find, make curtains out of it and it would be different in every window. I would put the “right” side of the fabric towards the street. Would they complain about that? This really burns me. What right do these neighbors have to say anything. Those ridiculous neighbors should be proud to have an active member of our military in their complex. If I was Donna, I would not bow to their request of writing a letter and getting permission to display her flag! She is not hurting anyone. Those who complain about this flag are unAmerican!!! They should be asked to leave the country!

Jason Hensley
Jason Hensley

February 22, 2016

We’re can I get one of those flags, so that I can hang it outside my house to show support for this woman and her son. Thank you for this website.

Arthur Keyes
Arthur Keyes

February 22, 2016

Your child has to be active duty to get one,, they were VERRY popular during the WWII. I think if yu google serving is service blue star,, you will find a link,,,

lunnaleanne lunardi
lunnaleanne lunardi

February 22, 2016

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Window_treatment
Funny but I don’t see small flags listed in this definition of window treatments. I wonder how many people would make petty complaints if they knew their name would be divulged. Seems all homeowner associations are really just a fancy word for association of dictators.
Like anywhere else they are voted in and rules can be changed.

Butch
Butch

February 22, 2016

Mrs Morey’s,,,tell the HOA to stick it,,,,,,I am behind you 100 %, and so would your son,,,,Ret-E5 SGT,,,,Butch Groetken

Jean
Jean

February 22, 2016

Once again tell them to kiss your a**. My hung in my window everyday until my husband came home, I also had one on my car. If you can’t support your loved one fighting for our country then. Who’s going to…. Let it be known we still support our troops!!! Amen and bless you!

lilly
lilly

February 22, 2016

Unfortunately rules are rules. If you are stupid enough to live in a community with an HOA, then you knew that when you signed up. You are also stupid enough to have deliberatly chosen to live some place where you Pay your hard earned money to a bunch of idiots to allow them to dictate your lives in your own home and on your own property? So move or find another way / place to honor him. Like Inside or even on your car.

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