By NATALIE DICK / 6NEWS
brews in south Charlotte over flying the American flag
Courtesy of nbc6.com - Charlotte, NC
higher than all the others.
|A flag fight is
taking place in south Charlotte.
A family wants to keep their American flag
flying high above their house.
But their homeowner's association is ordering
them to take it down or face a fine.
Everywhere you look in the Mitchell Glen
neighborhood you see American flags. But Tom Miron's flag flies much
the flag to come down.
The retired U.S. Air Force veteran proudly
displays his Old Glory from a 30-foot high flagpole.
Miron put it up after September 11 to honor
those killed in the terrorists attacks. Soon after, that the trouble began.
“Two months after I put it up I got my
first letter that said it was against the covenant and that it had to come
down,” said Miron.
said Miron. “You know in America you ought
to be able to fly the flag the way you want as long as it is respectful.”
|According to the
Mitchel Glen Homeowners Association rules, flagpoles must be mounted to
a home and of a reasonable size.
Anything else must first be approved by
“I could see if I were flying a flag that
was offensive or if I were flying it in a manner that looked distasteful,”
A member of the homeowners associations
says it’s not the flag at all.
“We talked it over and came up with a decision
that if we were to allow him to have a 30 foot flagpole in his front yard
then there will be nothing in the future to stop anyone else from having
a 30 foot flagpole in their front yard,” said Lee Miller.
Miron refused to give up. Instead, he took
to the streets, going door to door asking for his neighbors support. He
collected 140 signatures on a petition.
“I think it's really small potatoes given
the situation in the world right now,” said Candace White, neighbor. “If
the man wants to fly a flag, I don't have a problem with it one bit.”
But the board insists rules are rules and
starting this week, a $25 a day fine began being assessed on the Mirons.
But they know they may soon have to remove the flag.
“I just can't believe with the country
at war that I'm in a battle here in the homeland to fly the flag in my
own front yard,” said Miron.
Miron says he's even received checks in
the mail from people offering to help pay the fine if he'll keep the flag
for Charlotte man and his American flag pours in from overseas
By RICH MATTHEWS / 6NEWS
Support for a south Charlotte man and his
American flag is pouring in from as far away as overseas.
Retired U.S. Air Force veteran, Tom Miron,
proudly displays his Old Glory from a 30-foot high flagpole.
The battle continues
over this flag.
|“I put the flag
up to support those who died, those who continue to fight and I hope the
flag flies for many more years at my house,” said Miron.
The Mitchell Glen Neighborhood Association
thinks his flagpole is too tall.
The association is fining him $25 a day
until he tears it down.
They plan to send him their own flag to fly
on the controversial pole.
|“It’s a very nice
looking flag,” said Miron. “It doesn’t look out of place at all. I had
a guy that showed up at my house Saturday and just handed me check and
said this is to keep the flag flying.”
Miron is receiving support from around
Tuesday he read an e-mail nbc6.com received
from soldiers fighting overseas who are supporting him.
Miron reads a letter
of support from
he loves America and spent his life defending it.”
Students wrote letters
to Miron's homeowners
|Adults are not the only ones backing Miron’s
A group of Charlotte second graders have
launched a letter writing campaign to Miron’s homeowners association.
Some of the comments included:
“Dear homeowners association, I think you
should let Mr. Miron keep his flag”
“I think you should let Miron keep his flag,
Miron says he is not going to take down the
flag anytime soon. He has contacted an attorney and is preparing to fight.
“Why would you want to take this man’s flag?
It is the symbol of our country, the symbol of your country.”
He says he is sure he can afford to keep
it up for at least another week.