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    FOXNews.com - Wisconsin Veteran Must Remove Flag After Memorial Day, Wife Says
    By Joshua Rhett Miller

    - FOXNews.com

    An Army veteran in Wisconsin will be allowed to display an American flag until Memorial Day, but the symbol honoring his service in Iraq and Kosovo must come down next Tuesday, his wife told FoxNews.com.

    Dawn Price

    Charlie Price, a 28-year-old Army veteran, will be allowed to fly this flag in his Wisconsin apartment only until Memorial Day, his wife told FoxNews.com.

    An Army veteran in Wisconsin will be allowed to display an American flag until Memorial Day, but the symbol honoring his service in Iraq and Kosovo must come down next Tuesday, his wife told FoxNews.com.

    Dawn Price, 27, of Oshkosh, Wis., said she received a call from officials at Midwest Realty Management early Wednesday indicating that she and her husband, Charlie, would be allowed to continue flying the American flag they've had in their window for months through the holiday weekend. The couple had previously been told they had to remove the flag by Saturday or face eviction due to a company policy that bans the display of flags, banners and political or religious materials.

    "It's basically an extension so we can fly the flag on Memorial Day," Price told FoxNews.com. "It does need to come down after that."

    Charlie Price, 28, served tours of duty as a combat engineer in Iraq and Kosovo, his wife said. To honor his eight years of service, she began decorating their apartment during Veterans Day in November. An American flag topped off the display, she said.

    "I knew it made Charlie really proud to see that," she said. "And this isn't something new. This has been up for quite some time now."

    Veterans' groups were furious at the realtors' refusal to allow the flag to fly.

    "As a veteran, it sickens me that the Dawn and Charlie Price's building management company would imply that the American flag could be construed as offensive by their residents," said Ryan Gallucci, a spokesman for AmVets.

    "We're talking about our most revered national symbol. This is insulting to anyone who has defended our flag honorably, like Charlie Price."

    Dawn Price said she now works to amend the federal Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005, which states no "condominium association, cooperative association, or residential real estate management association" may stop someone from flying the American flag. The law, however, does not apply to renters.

    "This has been eating at us since Friday," she said. 'The best way to fight this isn't getting an eviction and going after these people in court. That's just going to cost us a lot of time, energy and money."

    Instead, Dawn Price said she either intends to place a curtain between the flag and the apartment window to block it from onlookers or will move it to a rear balcony come next week.

    "We don't want to fight the eviction," she said. "We know we'd lose."

    Officials at Midwest Realty Management, which manages Brookside Apartments, where the Prices live, did not return several messages seeking comment. In a statement to the Oshkosh Northwestern, company officials said the policy was established to provide a consistent living environment for all residents.

    "This policy was developed to insure that we are fair to everyone as we have many residents from diverse backgrounds," the statement read. "By having a blanket policy of neutrality we have found that we are less likely to offend anyone and the aesthetic qualities of our apartment communities are maintained."

    Despite the brief reprieve, Dawn Price said her husband is disappointed by the flag flap.

    "He actually sees it as a slap in the face to his service," she said. "He's pretty upset about it, especially right around Memorial Day."

    A Facebook group created by Dawn Price, "Freedom to Display the American Flag," had roughly 2,000 members as of Wednesday.

    "As a father of a son [who] is currently serving in Iraq this blackens my heart!!!!" read one comment. "These men and women sign a blank check up to and including their life!"
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    Another slap in the face America, Wake up to this guy....
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    "This policy was developed to insure that we are fair to everyone as we have many residents from diverse backgrounds," the statement read. "By having a blanket policy of neutrality we have found that we are less likely to offend anyone and the aesthetic qualities of our apartment communities are maintained."

    Got to be politically correct and not offend anyone. Except perhaps patriots, Americans, Christians etc. I notice they do not mind offending the vets.
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  5. I'm not defending the apartment complex's policy. (Personally, I don't like it one bit.) But, the guy moved into the complex knowing the policy existed, right? (At least, I hope he and his wife read the agreement before they signed it.) Why would you even consider moving into a complex with such a policy and giving them even one dollar of your hard-earned money?

    Interesting statement on the home page of Midwest's web site: http://www.midwestrents.com/

    We are pleased to announce that we have come to a mutual agreement with the Prices that allows them to keep their American flag.

    We would like to apologize to the Prices and to all American veterans. It was never our intention to hurt the Prices or disrespect what Mr. Price and all veterans have sacrificed for each and every one of us.

    We have learned from this situation and will be revising our policy to allow our residents to honor America and display the American flag in a manner similar to the Prices.

    Again we apologize to the Prices and anyone else who was offended by our actions. It is our sincere hope that our apology will be accepted and the changes we are making will be beneficial to our company and our residents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by festus View Post
    "This policy was developed to insure that we are fair to everyone as we have many residents from diverse backgrounds," the statement read. "By having a blanket policy of neutrality we have found that we are less likely to offend anyone and the aesthetic qualities of our apartment communities are maintained."
    This is what's wrong with our country today.... this stuff started picking up speed in the early 90's and now seems to be the "norm"...each day, we lose a little more of our identity as a country, who we are and what we stand for...it amazes me....

    When China said years ago that they would one day take America without firing a shot, this is exactly what they had in mind...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jibbster View Post
    This is what's wrong with our country today.... this stuff started picking up speed in the early 90's and now seems to be the "norm"...each day, we lose a little more of our identity as a country, who we are and what we stand for...it amazes me....

    When China said years ago that they would one day take America without firing a shot, this is exactly what they had in mind...

    I think the Soviet Union also said once that they would burry us and we would sell them the shovel to do it with. I would say give them the shovel is more like it.
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

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