Retired U.S. Navy Officer John Ackert, who has an American flag wrap around his mailbox, which he put it on four years ago after he moved into the home, says he is now shocked after being forced to remove the American flag wrapping on his mailbox and is threatened to face penalties.
He told WCTV that he is not backing down without a fight. The flag wrap has been there for 4 years.
“This is a very, very petty thing, All I’m trying to do is display my feeling of patriotism toward America. I spent 30 years in uniform,” Ackert said. “I view this as a form of bullying to be honest. I think people should stand up to bullying of any form, and particularly this.”
Fox News reports:
There is a dispute preparing between a retired U.S veteran and Florida Homeowners association over a mailbox covered with the American flag.
Retired U.S. Navy Officer John Ackert says he received a letter last week from the Southwood Residential Community Associate in Tallahassee that asked him to remove the wrapping of Old Glory around the mailbox or face penalties.
He told WCTV he’s not backing down without a fight and has made an appeal.
“I view this as a form of bullying to be honest,” Ackert said. “And I think people should stand up to bullying of any form, and particularly this.”
Ackert stated the H.O.A claimed his mailbox was not “in consonance” with the aesthetic values of Southwood.
“As the holiday season comes to a close, please remove the American flag mailbox wrap,” the letter read. “Decoration may be displayed 30 days prior and must be taken down 15 days after.”
He said the wrap has been up for four years.
“It was put there 30 days after I moved into this house.”
The Southwood Residential Community Association’s board of directors said it regards with great respect those who actively serving in the military and veterans who sacrificed their lives for our freedom and that its members were willing to discuss with Ackert in order to find a resolution.
The only resolution is to express an apology, stay back and leave it alone, do not micromanage, since it goes against the real purpose of a HOA and indicates on bad behavior on the part of the board.
Some of Ackert’s neighbors told WCTV the letter was a bit harsh and said they were not entirely surprised by the H.O.A’s actions.
“They do things like this all the time,” Mike Stephenson said. “I think it’s ridiculous. What’s wrong with being patriotic in the country you live in?”
Mike Patel said: “The man’s a veteran, he served the country. It’s just a mailbox with a flag. I don’t think it’s right. He owns the house, he can at least have that.”
The H.O.A. letter says Ackert has 15 days to remove the wrap or face a fine. He has not received a response to his appeal.
This has happened before! It never ends well. Generally it is an actual flag on a pole. The fact that this is a FREAKIN’ Mailbox is absurd. What a bunch of control freaks!