A retired combat veteran has lost the fight against his Georgia retirement community’s flag-flying policy. Jim Lowe had been patriotically displaying both his American flag and U.S. Marine Corps colors outside his home in Sun City-Peachtree, but the community’s board of directors voted against changing a rule on outside decorations stating that each home can only have one flag. Lowe argued that the traditional Marine Corps battle colors is not a flag.
In July, Lowe received a code violation notice from management informing him he would face fines of up to $25 a day if he did not remove one of the flags. Lowe and his wife were also potentially facing a lien being placed on their home, Fox News reported.
"When a bunch of arbitrary rules trump the Constitution, it's a sad day because indeed a piece of America is lost," Lowe said after the board made its decision.
"A recent poll of residents asking their opinion about a possible change in the number of flags permitted indicated no overwhelming preference for a change in the governing documents,” according to a statement released by the board.
Lowe said that, despite the fact that they are happy in their home and have many friends in the area, he and his wife have no choice but to pack up and move out of the community.