Homeowners association to let Medal of Honor recipient fly flag

A happy ending to one of our more heavily trafficked Headlines items today. The HOA objected to a 21-foot flagpole on his property, Jim Webb and Mark Warner ended up getting involved, and the issue eventually trickled all the way up to the White House press briefing. It was a thermonuclear PR nightmare, in other words. And now, at last, the nightmare is over:

A 90-year-old Medal of Honor recipient can keep his 21-foot flagpole in his front yard after a homeowner’s association dropped its request to remove it, a spokesman for Democratic Virginia Sen. Mark Warner said Tuesday.

The Sussex Square homeowners’ association likewise has agreed to drop threats to take legal action against retired Army Col. Van T. Barfoot, Warner spokesman Kevin Hall said.

The association had threatened to take Barfoot to court if he failed to remove the pole from his suburban Richmond home by Friday. It had said the pole violated the neighborhood’s aesthetic guidelines.

There’s a brief description of why he was awarded his MOH at the link, but I’m omitting it from the quote so that you’ll listen to Mark Levin’s retelling of it instead. Take seven minutes. You won’t be sorry.

Update: MOH is awarded, not won.