Good Question:What ever happened with the story about a woman and her flag pole?

In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson made June 14th a day to officially honor the American flag.

A story we aired here on NewsFirst last summer surrounding an American flag controversy in one Lexington neighborhood became one of our most popular stories and still has people talking.

Good Question: Glen in Ashland writes: What ever happened with the story about a woman and her flag pole?

While the stars and stripes fly freely in many places around central Kentucky, one Lexington woman feels particularly passionate about her flag and flag pole.

"I feel that its my patriotic duty, if nothing else, thanking those who have preserved our freedom,"said Betty Thompson.

Last summer Thompson was stunned to learn her neighborhood association in the Chilesburg area said her flagpole at her Jouett Creek Drive home had to come down or she would be fined.

"The DAR says the flag pole is actually a living object because it represents so many things in our country and so it should be displayed properly and certainly respected and I don't think I'm disrespecting the flag at all," said Thompson.

The Chilesburg Maintenance Association says Thompson was made aware of the rules, but Thompson disagreed. Since her story aired last August she tells me she had a Lexington attorney represent her in talking with the maintenance association.

She says she's never heard back from the association.

If you drive by her home now the flag pole is down, not because she took it down, mother nature did that this winter.

Thompson says rest assured its going back up, hopefully by July 4th so the flag can wave freely on Independence Day.

It will be a day of independence as well for Thompson and her patriotism.

We attempted to contact the Chilesburg Maintenance Association, never heard back from them.

When the story first aired Thompson says her phone rang off the hook from veterans and strangers in support.

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