Veteran now allowed to keep flags, apartment complex says

"I'm not going to take the flags down," Folsom said. "They're a part of me. So if they go, I go."

Posted: May 6, 2021 6:39 PM
Updated: May 7, 2021 1:55 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- After a group of veterans living at Gateway Village apartments spoke out about a rule that would require them to remove flags from their patios, the complex now says the flags can stay.

"We pay good money to live here. It's a comfortable place, but now it's not so comfortable," resident Brad Folsom said earlier in the day.

In his backyard, he has two flags. One for the U.S. Marine Corps and one for the United States Army. Folsom said they honor him and his father, who also served. According to Folsom, those flags help make his home a home.

"I'm not going to take the flags down," Folsom said before receiving word they'd be allowed to stay. "They're a part of me. So if they go, I go."

His neighbor Melanie Schneider shares similar sentiments. She and her husband are also veterans.

"We should have the right to display our American flag on the property that we're paying for," Schneider said.

Schneider said she was very upset with the management's decision to implement this rule.

In March, the residents were notified by Quantum Residential, the company that manages the property, that they essentially were not allowed to display or affix anything to the property "unless allowed by law or written approval is granted by management." 

However, both Folsom and Schneider said they've had difficulties contacting the management team.

"I can't get through to the management people. Their mailbox is full," Schneider said.

KEZI 9 News reached out to representatives from Quantum Residential, the property owners, and the landlord but did not hear back.

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