Members of the VFW Post in West suburban Glendale Heights say they were stunned when their new landlord asked them to stop flying the American flag.
Several hundred veterans belong to the VFW Post 2377, off Army Train Road in Glendale Heights.
They’ve occupied the building for decades, but the property was sold last summer, and that’s when, the vets say, they began getting letters from the new owners citing them for violations.
Midland Realty and Development of Oak Brook Terrace allegedly told the vets they were leaving broken beer bottles behind, which they say come from a hookah bar next door.
They also told the vets they could not park their van in the lot, but the final straw for the vets was when the company asked them to stop flying the American and POW flags and take down the flag poles.
The vets say they’ve tried to meet with the manager but could not get through. They say they’re willing to talk, but the flag is non-negotiable.
The realty company would not talk to WGN-TV, but one person, who identified himself only by his first name, on Friday said the company will not bring down the flag pole and will allow the vets to continue flying the flag.
The vets say they want the promise in writing.
WGN-TV went to the offices of Midwest Realty’s parent company, Equity Financial Group, but the doors were locked and despite numerous phone calls, no one seemed ready to make firm promises to the VFW.