Man defies apartment management, refuses to remove American flag even if it leads to eviction

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GREELEY, CO – A Colorado man, who happens to have the same name as one of our nation’s Founding Fathers, is fighting an order from the management at his apartment complex stating he must remove an American flag hanging from his balcony.

Samuel Adams told The Greeley Tribune that his grandfather was in the Army during World War I, and his father served in the Navy. So in honor of those family members and the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, Adams hung an American flag over the balcony of his apartment.

It didn’t take long for the management at his apartment complex to send him a letter asking him to remove the flag.

The Greeley Tribune obtained the letter which read in part, “Please do not clutter with personal belongings. Balconies and patios must be maintained in a neat, clean and attractive condition.”

Adams said he was in disbelief, and he recorded a video of himself expressing his anger.

“I have never done anything like this before,” he said. “But it was the right time and it was the right moment. I wanted to be a patriotic American and give tribute to our founding fathers and our veterans, and to have (management) say the flag is inappropriate or comparable to trash is reprehensible to me.”

Management at the Sterling Heights apartment complex said they’re not opposed to residents flying the American flag, but residents are not allowed to use their balconies to display decorations, signs, or flags.

“Sterling Heights seeks to be fair to residents by limiting displays as there could be signs, flags or decorations that may be offensive and disruptive to the community,” Manager Pamela Buchanan told The Greeley Tribune in an email.

Adams says he plans to keep flying his flag even if it leads to an eviction. Adams says he’s received a lot of support from veterans and military families thanking him for standing up for the flag.


Here is the full letter from the apartment complex:

Dear Samuel,

Please be advised that it has come to management’s attention that you have an American flag on the balcony/patio area. Your signed Community Policies states, ‘The use of balconies and patios for the purpose of storage and/or laundry drying is prohibited. Breezeways are not to be used as a patio or storage. Please do not clutter with personal belongings. Balconies and patios must be maintained in a neat, clean and attractive condition. Outdoor and/or patio furniture is welcomed on your patio or balcony only. Gasoline and other hazardous materials are not to be stored in your apartment or storage area. Retain from having dead plants, boxes or garbage on balcony/patios at any time.’ We appreciate your prompt attention and cooperation in this matter. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact myself or the office. Thank you.

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