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WWII vet says HOA won't let him fly US flag

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A 92-year-old Air Force veteran is fighting to get his homeowners association to allow him to fly the American flag outside his home.

John Helton, who served in three wars, lives with his wife in a retirement community with covenants. The HOA only allows residents to fly the flag for a few days in the year, such as July 4. He wants to fly the stars and stripes every day.

Helton and his wife say they didn't see the clause regarding the flag when they signed for the property last October.

They said that four HOA board members came to his door and ordered him to take the flag down or face a fine of up to $25 a day.

"He was proud to serve. He just cried a bucket of tears when he found out he could not fly the flag of freedom. It is a piece of cloth, but it stands for our freedom," said Louise Helton.

John Helton said if he were younger, he would fight the rule more aggressively.

"There is absolutely no reason why a person couldn't fly an American flag outside his house every day," Helton said.

FOX 5's attempts to reach HOA board members were unsuccessful.

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