7/08/2017

View of the Week (W-End Edition): Saluting a Hero

Our team picked this up over the course of the week that we wanted to feature here in our "ordinary faces" channel to salute one "ordinary face" who tried to make a difference;

   Van T Barfoot died...
Remember the Guy who wouldn't take
The flag pole Down on his Virginia
Property a While back?
You might Remember the news story several
Months ago About a crotchety old man in
Virginia who Defied his local Homeowners
Association, And refused to take down the
Flag pole onHis property along with the large
American flag He flew on it.
Now we learn Who that old man was.
On June 15, 1919, Van T. Barfoot was born in
Edinburg, Texas . That probably didn't make
News back Then.
But 
Twenty-five years later, on May 23, 1944,
Near Carano , Italy ,
That same Van T. Barfoot,
Who had in 1940 enlisted in the U.S. Army, set
Out alone to Flank German machine gun
Positions From which gunfire was raining
Down on his Fellow soldiers.
His advance Took him through a minefield but
Having done So, he proceeded to single-handedly
Take out Three enemy machine gun positions,
Returning With 17 prisoners of war.
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And if that Weren't enough for a day's work, 
 he Later took on and Destroyed three German tanks
Sent to Retake the machine gun positions.
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That probably Didn't make much news either,
Given the Scope of the war, but it did earn
Van T. Barfoot, who retired as a Colonel after
Also serving In Korea and Vietnam,
a well Deserved  Congressional Medal of Honor.
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What did make News...Was hisNeighborhood
Association’s Quibblewith how the 90-year-old
Veteran chose To fly the American flag outside
His suburban Virginia home. Seems the HOA rules
Said it was OK to fly a flag on a house-mounted
Bracket, but, For decorum, items such as
Barfoot’s 21-foot Flagpole were "unsuitable".
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Van Barfoot Had been denied a permit for
The pole, but Erected it anyway and was facing
Court action Unless he agreed to take it down.
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Then the HOA Story made national TV,
And the Neighborhood Association rethought
Its position And agreed to indulge this
Aging hero Who dwelt among them.
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"In theTime I have left,” he said to the  Associated Press, "I plan to continue
To fly the American flag without interference."

As Well he should.

And if any of his neighbors had taken a Notion to
Contest him Further, they might have done well to
Read his Medal of Honor citation first. Seems it
Indicates Mr. Van Barfoot  wasn't
Particularly Good at Backing down.
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WE ONLY LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE!
AND, BECAUSE OF OLD MEN
LIKE VAN BARFOOT!
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