Tucson Student Told To Remove Flag Or Be Evicted From Her Apartment

| by Lisa Fogarty

Just one day before Veteran’s Day, a woman from Tucson says she was ordered to remove the United States Marine Corps flag she had displayed on her apartment balcony – or be evicted.

Rachel Montalvo, who is in the Marine division of the ROTC at the University of Arizona, says she placed the flag on her terrace in August and that she has never heard a word about it from the property managers at Campus Crossing at Star Pass -- until now. She says she was shocked to receive a letter from the management company notifying her that she has 10 days to remove the flag or move out, reports Tucson News Now.

“I wish they would have come to me first instead of putting this notice on my door, or at least given me a little bit less of a harsh warning,” Montalvo said.

The student says the flag belonged to her father, who was in the Marine Corps for 20 years and retired in 1999. She plans to join the Marines when she graduates and says the flag is a significant symbol for her.

“We want to fly the flag, it’s what we support, it’s what we’re working towards and that’s our goals and aspirations,” she said.

But the management team at Campus Crossing at Star Pass has defended its rule, saying they don’t allow flags and banners because they wish to maintain a certain appearance. Managers released the following statement to Tuscon News Now:

Campus Crossings at Star Pass proudly displays the American flag on our property year-round, and today, we join all Americans in honoring those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Maintaining the appearance of our property for residents is a top priority, which is why we have rules in place that prevent the hanging of flags and banners on areas that are visible from the exterior. We will make an exception to this rule, allowing residents at Campus Crossings at Star Pass to display appropriate flags on holidays such as Veterans Day and Memorial Day.

Source: Tucson News Now

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