Retired Marine, former drill sergeant fights over displaying American flag (video).

A retired Marine is taking on his homeowners association after…

A retired Marine is taking on his homeowners association after he was ordered to take his American flag down. It’s something he’s been doing for years, and the Cypress man says it’s against the law for the HOA to stop him from displaying the flag.

It’s happening in the Lakeland Village community off Highway 290 and Fry Road.

Mike Merola is a former drill sergeant in the Marines. He changes out his flag twice a year to keep it from getting worn, something he takes very seriously. But it’s a tradition that his homeowners association says needs to stop.

“I served from 1969 to 1977,” said Merola.

But that doesn’t mean he’s finished defending what he says is one of his rights — to fly the American flag on a 20-foot pole in his neatly landscaped back yard.

“Seems to me that people all over the country, that our trying to show their patriotism and things by flying a flag on a flag pole are being questioned and having to go through a fight to do so,” Merola said.

The Lakeland Village Community Association is suing him for displaying his patriotism. They filed a lawsuit against Merola after he refused to remove the flag and pole, saying his violatons, as they call them, “are a detriment to Lakeland Village and run afoul of the community wide standard therein, causing imminent harm and irreparable injury to them.”

During a face-to-face meeting, he was also told the wind noise was a problem. His direct neighbors don’t seem to mind.

“I love it, it’s beautiful, it adds to the nieghborhood. You go on a walk, you come around the corner, it’s flying up there. It’s pretty,” said neighbor Beth Stepanik.

He and his attorney contend he has every right to fly Old Glory under the Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005 which says in part that a “residential real estate management association may not adopt or enforce any policy, or enter into any agreement, that would restrict or prevent a member of the association from displaying the flag.”

Source: Erik Barajas for KTRK.

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  • CC19

    “…A detriment to Lakeland Village and run afoul of the community wide standard therein, causing imminent harm and irreparable injury to them.”

    Did someone become paralyzed by it due to it being placed haphazardly or something???

  • General Jim M

    I don’t understand why the people pushing these anti-United States farces NAMES are not made public.Find out their names and go viral with them on the internet.

  • General Jim M

    If someone feels strongly enough to come to my home and remove my AMERICAN flag, i hope they have an appetite for buckshot.That’s probably what they want,a gunfight, so they can claim that patriots are TERRORISTS.

  • Nathan

    I’ve never served in the Corp, and in truth i’ve never voted for either main party because i don’t believe either can claim honestly anymore to uphold what the Founders knew from experience to be *real* Patriotism… HOWEVER, the Stars and Strips cannot be branded by anyone because it is the UNIVERSAL symbol for our Country. If a Marine who saluted the Flag during 8 years dedicated service wants to continue doing so afterwards, then that’s his RIGHT regardless of whether or not it’s still his duty.

    In my book, any who would question that right or the honor of the Flag itself would be ashamed unto silence if they had any kind of damned decency at all. I’ll clink a drink to Old Glory until my dying day. There’s a new wind coming, America… our Flag will proudly wave long after we’re all dead and gone… and whether the revisionists like it or not. I stand by you Mr. Merola, and so should we all.

  • Being a Marine myself with the same time in,and same years tells me, there is a commie,leftwing,liberal,Democrate,atheistic coward that wont show his face and tell us whats up his or her ass!!!! LOVE IT OR GET THE HELL OUT, SEMPER FI!!!!!!!!!!!!!