Fight to overturn HOA rule against flying American Flag unites community in Murray

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MURRAY, Utah -- A few weeks ago, neighbors in a Murray community we’re given a choice: They were told to take down their American Flag or pay a fine.

However, Friday night, you can see flags flying proudly in front of their homes after they came together and stood up to the local homeowner’s association.

Just a few days after Erin Worthen fought for her right to fly her American Flag, the president of her HOA board resigned along with two of the five board members.

“The two remaining board members have changed it officially, so the flag is not considered a holiday decoration anymore and we’re able to fly it every day of the year,” Worthen said.

Her neighbor, Vicki Hills, was thrilled to learn she could put her flag back up where it belongs.

“I’m just excited it’s back up," Hills said. "It was just horrible when they made us take it down, but when they fined us we had to do something. We didn’t want that on our shoulders."

A few weeks ago, the HOA board sent warnings in the mail, followed by a $75 fine, telling neighbors to take down their American Flags because it was considered a holiday decoration.

Pamela Hennessey, who lives a few blocks away, was outraged when she saw the story on the news.

“It’s a symbol of freedom and sacrifice, you don’t categorize it in the same bracket as an inflatable Santa or a pink flamingo,” Hennessey said.

Hennessey decided to organize a rally to show her support for her neighbors.

“They are not alone in their right and desire to fly this beautiful flag in front of their home,” Hennessey said.

So before the sun set Friday night, neighbors, both near and far, walked and rode together. They proudly displayed their patriotism and the power of a community that comes together.

“It’s bringing people together, it really is," Hills said. "We come out and talk all the time now. Thank goodness for the girl across the street. She made this happen for all of us and it’s just been wonderful."

At the next meeting on October 27, the community will re-elect new HOA board members and re-evaluate some of the other rules that have been imposed in the past few years.

14 comments

    • Tabitha Marx (@UtahTabby)

      “Her’? Where does it say the HOA Board president was a woman? All of the ‘her’ pronouns are referring to the lady who was flying the flag, or the lady who organized the protest, or the neighbor who was happy about it.

      • ken

        If you paid attention to any of the previous articles on this event then you would know the HOA president was a woman also, not just the protestor

  • Daniel R

    People in this country who have anything against flying our national flag simply need to lose their citizenship! What a disgrace that there are people in the country that try and keep other citizens from flying our own flag!

    • laytonian

      This was NOT a rule against “the American flag”. It was an HOA rule against displaying ANY flag.
      If I lived there, I’d put out Human Rights Campaign flags.

      • ANOTHERBOB

        This fight involved the American flag. Thankfully the old battle axe lost the fight and raised her white flag of surrender.

      • Dan Gray

        Sorry chuckles, but you are wrong. this story AND the TV story clearly showed that the HOA was trying to claim the American Flag was a holiday decoration, and not surprisingly they only mentioned the American Flag, no other flag!

        Guess you need to read BEFORE you post?

  • ANOTHERBOB

    The old battle axe raised her white flag and resigned as head of her HOA board. She never expected the story of her misbehavior to go nationwide.

  • laytonian

    The HOA rule was NOT “against the American flag”.
    Like all HOAs, it banned nonconforming flags and displays. NOW they’re gong to have a problem with other flags.

    • ANOTHERBOB

      No Laytonian, the US Supreme Court’s ruling only in favor of the American flag, the symbol of our country.

      • ANOTHERBOB

        Give it a rest LAYTONIAN. The fight with the HOA board was specifically over a homeowner’s fight to fly the American flag. The homeowner won and the old battle axe lost.

  • nena

    Its about time they did too!!! HOA is another term for (someone wants ultimate control over everyone else). HOAs should be banned!

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