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Army veteran Richard Kilingworth from Middletown, Delaware got an order from the Home Owners Association to remove his American flag from his backyard after a few neighbors complained about it being there.
“I really don’t understand the controversy here,” Richard’s neighbor Dennis told 6ABC.
“A bunch of the residents in our community have a problem fighting this out in court,” neighbor Kelly Corbett added.
In Richard’s backyard stands a 13-foot flag pole with a three by five foot American flag hanging from it. The Home Owners Association said it is in violation of the guidelines and has been fining him $50 a day for each day he has not removed it. His home now risks having a lien put on the property.
“Why push an argument over a national symbol when it’s in someone’s private backyard that only adds to the community?” Richard asked.
Richard says he’s not paying the $50 and plans to fight this out in court. His attorney, Ted Kittila, said that the HOA is going to lose big time if they don’t remove all fines and back off.
According to the law in Delaware, citizens have the right to fly American flags on private property as long as the flag doesn’t exceed three by five feet and is not flown more than 25 feet high. Richard said that it’s not his intention to divide or cost his community money, but he’s going to fight for the right to fly his American flag.
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