TO A VETERAN, LITTLE IS MORE SACRED THAN FELLOW VETERANS, THE FUTURE OF THE COUNTRY AND OUR NATIONAL SYMBOL: THE AMERICAN FLAG
Two businessmen saved the day on the Fourth of July when they paid a Florida veteran’s fines which came about when his local homeowner’s association fined him $100 a day for having an American Flag on display in front of his home.
The association, deeming the flag an “unauthorized object,” charged the man $8,000 in fines and threatened to foreclose on 73-year-old Larry Murphree’s Jacksonville home.
Scott Carter, CEO of Lear Capital, and founder Kevin DeMerritt heard the news and jumped into action, paying the full $8,000 and another $2,500 for tax adjustments.
“When we read his story, it offended our sensibilities,” Carter told Fox News. “The thought of him losing his home — we felt it was wrong. We wanted to help.”
“They [homeowner’s association was] using the strong-arm of money to get him to get rid of the flag,” he added. “They were skimming the money from his [paid] dues to pay the fines which created a lien on his house.”
Before getting help from Carter and DeMerritt, Murphree had already made up his mind — he wasn’t going to remove the flag.
“If they want to foreclose, bring it on. I’m getting calls from all over the county to stand up. That’s what I’m going to do,” he said.
Murphree started getting fined in 2013 and promptly went to court, where he claimed his right to fly the flag under the 2005 Freedom to Display the American Flag Act.
When asked on Fox and Friends if he had anything to say to the homeowners association, Murphree replied, “Well, I would think if anybody on that board told me they served in the military, I’d have to ask ‘On which side?’”