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This Senior Citizen Has Been Threatened To Be Evicted…For Flying The American Flag

Courtesy: US Defense Department
March 26, 2014

This woman’s neighbor reported her for flying an American flag in the window of her apartment, calling it a “colored drape.”  The woman has flown the flag for 6 years in respect to her family and friends that have served, and even received permission to fly the flag when she first moved in.  Now, the landlord is ordering her to take the flag down or risk being evicted.


An Oregon woman who was threatened with eviction if she did not remove the American flag from her front window has now been asked to place the “colored drape” on a flag pole.

Elodia Royce, 58, received a notice two weeks ago that she would face eviction after a neighbor complained to the landlord about the “colored drape” placed in her window. But the “colored drape” is an American flag she has displayed for six years in support of her family and friends who have served in the military, KGW-TV reports.

“They fought for our freedoms and this is a freedom I should have,” Royce told KGW. “My grandfather, aunts and uncles served. My ex-husband served in Desert Storm and his entire family are military folks.”

She noted that her apartment manager had approved the flag when she moved into the complex six years before.

“I called the officeicon1 - This Senior Citizen Has Been Threatened To Be Evicted...For Flying The American Flag and told her it was not a drape,” Royce said. “It’s the American flag.”

The notice from the landlord said that if the nation’s flag – labeled a “colored drape” — is not removed by Monday, she could be evicted.

“I asked if I could put it out on a pole and she said no, but when I asked if I could hang it in my window she told me OK,” said Royce.

But the eviction notice from her Happy Valley complex landlord said that “all colored drapes need to be removed from the windows,” said Royce.

But the lease agreement did not mention anything about the U.S. flag.

The grandmother of nine has two family members living in the same apartment complex, and said that while she hates conflict, she refuses to back down from displaying the U.S. flag.

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