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Can an American be ordered to remove their patriotic mailbox?

According to the rules in many neighborhoods… yes.

If you are looking to add some patriotic flair to your home, be careful before you invest too much money. When your neighbors object, you might be forced to remove items from your own property. Fox News recently reported on one such case involving a Navy veteran:

Retired U.S. Navy Officer John Ackert says he received a letter last week from the Southwood Residential Community Association in Tallahassee that asked him to remove the wrapping of Old Glory around the mailbox or face penalties. foxnews.com

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This is undoubtedly a frustrating case for Mr. Ackert, but this is just one of many similar stories we have encountered in recent years.

In some other cases citizens have been forced to repaint their houses or remove professionally installed flagpoles bearing Old Glory.

While we applaud those who wish to use their homes to celebrate America, we recommend that you consult any local neighborhood bylaws that may affect your right to do so.  If such rules existed before you make your addition, you are unlikely to prevail in any legal battle — though some associations have relented after receiving negative publicity online or in the media.

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  1. If people can burn the flag and call it freedom of speech with out any penalty then his freedom of speech is to display his mailbox flag. Take them to court and sue the home owners association for violating his constituional rights.

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