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 Van T. Barfoot and The American Flag


This was sent to me by my brother-in-law and I wanted to share it. How awesome is this!

Perfect timing, given what is currently going on in the sports world.  God
Bless America and the American Flag.

 
 
 
               "This is a must-read."
 
Van T Barfoot died in March 2012...
Remember
the
Guy who wouldn't take
The flagpole
Down
on his Virginia
Property a
While back?
You might
Remember the news story several
Months ago
About a crotchety old man in
Virginia who
Defied his local Homeowners
Association,
And refused to take down the Flag pole on
His property along with the large
American flag
He flew on it.
Now we learn
Who that old man was.
On June 15,
1919, Van T Barfoot was born in Edinburg,
Texas . That probably didn't make
News back then.

But
 
Twenty-five years later, on May 23, 1944,
Near Carano, Italy,
That same Van T. Barfoot,
Who had in
1940 enlisted in the U.S Army, set
Out alone to
Flank German machine gun
Positions
From which gunfire was raining
Down on his
Fellow soldiers.
His advance
Took him through a minefield but
Having done
So, he proceeded to single-handedly
Take out
Three enemy machine gun positions,
Returning
With 17 prisoners of war.
 
 
And if that
Weren't enough for a day's work,     he
Later
Took on and
Destroyed three German tanks
Sent to
Retake the machine gun positions.
 
That probably
Didn't make much news either,
Given the
Scope of the war, but it did earn
Van T.
Barfoot, who retired as a Colonel after
Also serving
In Korea and Vietnam, a well
Deserved
    Congressional
Medal of Honor.
 
 
What did make
News...Was his neighborhood
Association's
Quibble with how the 90-year-old
Veteran chose
To fly the American flag outside
His suburban
Virginia home. Seems the HOA rules
Said it was
OK to fly a flag on a house-mounted
Bracket, but,
For decorum, items such as
Barfoot's  21-foot Flagpole was "unsuitable".
 
 
Van Barfoot had been denied a permit for
The pole, but
Erected it anyway and was facing
Court action
Unless he agreed to take it down.
 
 
Then the HOA
Story made national TV,
And the
Neighborhood Association rethought
Its position
And agreed to indulge this
Aging hero
Who dwelt among them.
 


"In the
 
Time I have left", he said to the
Associated
Press, "I plan to continue
To fly the
American flag without interference."

As
Well, he should.

And if any of his neighbors had taken a
 
Notion to
Contest him
Further, they might have done well to
Read his
Medal of Honor citation first. Seems it
Indicates Mr
Van Barfoot wasn't
Particularly
Good at
Backing down.
 
WE ONLY LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE!
AND, BECAUSE OF OLD MEN
LIKE VAN BARFOOT!

--
Wear red on Fridays to show your support of our troops.

September 28th, 2017- God Bless America




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