Gary Larose is an Army veteran who lives in Fresno, California. Larose, who fought in the Vietnam War, has always been one to show off his patriotism.
Unfortunately his apartment complex is not a fan of Larose's patriotic displays.
On the balcony of Larose's apartment unit, he proudly displayed a U.S. Army flag. However he recently received a notice from the apartment management company that he was committing a lease violation by hanging the flag.
“You have a flag, on a flag pole on your balcony ledge,” the letter read. “This is not allowed. Only patio furniture or potted plants are allowed."
He was also directly informed that he was not allowed to fly an American flag off of his balcony either.
For an extended period of time Larose had large wind chimes, a decorative frog, and his U.S. Army flag on display without any issue.
Larose is more than shook up about the apartment management's actions.
“All of us veterans are proud of it,” Mr. Larose said. “We fought for it. Let us show that we love it.”
The apartment complex continued to press that it wasn't a matter of patriotism but instead was an issue of public safety.
Larose was eventually forced to remove the flag from his balcony.
“I’m proud of it (the flag),” he said. “I fought for you guys. I fought for what they told me to do. And now, I can’t even fly it. And it hurts. It really does.”
Over the summer a similar story came out of Greeley, Colorado.
Samuel Adams also received an order directly from his apartment's management staff to remove his American flag immediately from his apartments balcony.
Adams made the claim that he would much rather face eviction rather than give in and take his beloved flag down.
Adams's YouTube video expressing his disgust over the matter has gone viral.
In the video he reads the notice aloud, noting that the letter explicitly says,
"Please do not clutter with personal belongings. Balconies and patios must be maintained in a neat, clean, and attractive condition".
Adams's father served in the U.S. Navy and his grandfather served in the U.S. Army during World War I.
Since taking his story to the social media airwaves, Adams has received a massive amount of support.
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