Connecticut Woman Ordered to Remove U.S. Flag From Condo

Her son is fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, but one Connecticut mother is waging a war of her own over her right to fly Old Glory on her front lawn.

Teresa Richard's condo association in this community north of Hartford wants an American flag and a Blue Star Mothers of America flag removed from her front lawn, along with the flagpole upon which they hang.

Richard raised the flags last year to honor her son, Cpl. Tony Donihee, now serving in Afghanistan with the Connecticut National Guard.

"If you want to fly the American flag, you should be able to fly it almost any place, any time," Warren Wenz, the chairman of the East Windsor Veterans Commission, told "If your son is in the service, what is the problem with flying an American flag and a mother's flag? I don't see why that should be a problem with anyone."

Wenz wrote a letter to the Stoughton Ridge Condominium Association last week on Richard's behalf.

Last summer, Richard received a letter from the condo manager asking her to "kindly remove" her American flag, that of the Blue Star Mothers of America and the flagpole, or face a fine, according to the Manchester Journal Inquirer.

"I don't feel like I should be subject to a fine or anything else," Richard told the Journal Inquirer last year. "It's not hurting anyone."

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The condo board told her the flags would be tolerated for until Labor Day, after which she would be fined $25 a day, Richard said.

Another resident, Gene Doering, has been flying his flag on a 13-foot pole in the condominium complex for five years.

"They wrote me a letter and said they wanted me to take the flag down," Doering told "Well, I refused to take the flag down."

The former National Guardsman hired a lawyer instead and after three months of pestering, the association let him be, Doering said.

"It's kind of small for the association to waste so much time doing something like that," Doering said. "There's only 60 condominiums here; it's not like it's a huge group.

"You would think people could get along a little better," he continued. "I always say the association should have better things to do than pick on somebody that's put a flag up."

Calls to the condominium manager and the association president were not returned Tuesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.