We first brought you the story of Army veteran Fred Quigley last Monday, when he was fighting his Ohio homeowners association (HOA) for the right to erect a flagpole outside his house and fly an American flag on it. The HOA said Quigley didn't get proper permission. Quigley said state and federal law says HOAs can't regulate American flag-flying. And now, it appears the HOA has relented.
WEWS-TV reports that the Summit County homeowners association, which oversees Quigley's home at the Villas at Taramina in Macedonia, OH, has given up its fight to force Quigley to take down his pole. The disagreement between the two had sparked lively debate, with the local American Legion post even staging a flag-raising protest in support of Quigley.
WEWS says Quigley's attorney, Gerry Patronite, was informed via a hand-delivered letter Thursday evening that Quigley would be allowed to keep the pole.
Now, the local American Legion post that earlier staged a protest will return on July 4 to conduct a celebratory flag-raising.
"We expect quite a large turnout," Legion commander John J.C. Sullivan told ABC News. "A lady called from California who's a singer of patriotic songs. She'll be there sing."
Support like that has come in from far-off places even farther away than California. Quigley told ABC he's heard from supporters in London, India, and beyond.
"I've gotten calls from Macedonia," he said. "I don't mean from Macedonia, Ohio. I mean from Macedonia."
But now he's hoping some of those people will offer more than just emotional support. He said he's incurred 40 to 50 hours of legal time defending himself and the pole. And that comes at a cost.
"I'm a retiree," he told ABC, "and living on a fixed income."
To help with his costs, his daughter, Karen Wilson, has established a legal defense fund, via Facebook, to which people can donate.