A family in Lafayette, Louisiana is putting up a fight against their Home Owners Association after they were told to take down a banner they put up in anticipation of welcoming home deployed Petty Officer Third Class Anthony Marsiglia.
According to reports, the family put the banner up because Marsiglia, who is stationed in the Navy out of Virginia but is currently deployed, is set to return home to them in a few weeks. After putting up the welcome home sign, the family was sent a letter by the HOA’s attorney and told they must remove the sign.
"He's out there and he's left his daughter, that's hard already for him,” said Marsiglia’s mother Judi Pellegran. “This is how she keeps him in her heart everyday and clearly, if you see the house, it's a homage to her daddy.”
"I'm just not quite understanding why it can't stay up and they haven't been able to explain that to me either," continued Pellegran. “I would think that anyone would honor that and that's certainly the way we feel. We just want the world to know how proud we are of him.”
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The family is fighting the HOA’s demands, but it’s clear that Marsiglia’s young daughter is deeply affected by his deployment.
"I miss him and I'm proud of him. I wish he wasn't in the Navy," said Alex, Marsiglia’s 8 year-old daughter. “I love him big.”
So far, the HOA has declined to comment on the issue and has not publicly given a reason as to why they demanded the family take down the banner.