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...
Guy who wouldn't take
on his Virginia
Remember the news story several
About a crotchety old man in
Defied his local Homeowners
And refused to take down the Flag pole on
His property along with the large
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.
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
From which gunfire was raining
Down on his
Took him through a minefield but
So, he proceeded to single-handedly
Three enemy machine gun positions,
With 17 prisoners of war.
And if that
Weren't enough for a day's work, he
Took on and
Destroyed three German tanks
Retake the machine gun positions.
Didn't make much news either,
Scope of the war, but it did earn
Barfoot, who retired as a Colonel after
In Korea and Vietnam, a well
Medal of Honor.
What did make
News...Was his neighborhood
Quibble with how the 90-year-old
To fly the American flag outside
Virginia home. Seems the HOA rules
Said it was
OK to fly a flag on a house-mounted
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
Unless he agreed to take it down.
Then the HOA
Story made national TV,
Neighborhood Association rethought
And agreed to indulge this
Who dwelt among them.
Time I have left", he said to the
Press, "I plan to continue
To fly the
American flag without interference."
Well, he should.
And if any of his neighbors had taken a
Further, they might have done well to
Medal of Honor citation first. Seems it
Van Barfoot wasn't
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.