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Dakota Dunes resident asked to take down Air Force flag

CORRECTION:
In the story posted below on Thursday, KTIV incorrectly stated that we had not received a reply from the Dakota Dunes Community Association. That statement was not correct. We did not see their email reply that was sent at 3:12 pm on Thursday. We apologize for the error.

Below is that email response:

Emily,
Thanks so much for reaching out. I am not available to do an in person interview today; however, I am happy to provide the information from our CC & R’s that govern all homes under the Dakota Dunes Community Association, and have been in place since the inception of the development in 1990.  I will also contact my Board to see if anyone would be available to assist you with an interview and let you know if any of them are able to meet. The Association would like you to know that this resident has been invited to display her Airforce flag in any other manner that complies with the Design Guidelines. I would also like to state that she has been advised of the manner in which she can ask the rules be change and/or request a variance from the Design Guidelines – neither of which actions she has taken to date.  The Board is very open to hearing from residents on their requests, and would absolutely discuss this request if/when she brings it to their attention in the appropriate manner. We also wanted to provide you with the language that is in the Design Guidelines that each lot owner has agreed to when they purchase a home in Dakota Dunes.  If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

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DAKOTA DUNES, S.D. (KTIV) -- It's a matter of honor and respect. Twyla Rosenbaum of the Dakota Dunes said while she's received multiple calls from the Community Association to take down her Air Force flag, she'll be keeping it on her flag pole.

"My position is, any branch of the military is part of the United States of America," said Twyla Rosenbaum, Dakota Dunes, SD.

A Dakota Dunes Community Association bylaw states, only the American flag can be flown on a flag pole.

The bylaw also indicates, seasonal or decorative flags can be placed in yards or on houses themselves.

But for Rosenbaum, her Air Force flag is more than just a flag -- and it's been there for 13 years.

"Every branch of the military. The Army, the Navy, the Air Force, the Marines, the Coast Guard, fight to protect and defend our freedoms. And that's what the American flag stands for is our freedom," she said. "And we value and cherish that freedom. And we need to honor and respect every serviceman and woman and veteran who has laid their lives on the line to protect all of the freedoms that you and I enjoy," said Rosenbaum.

Rosenbaum's son serves as a Captain in the United States Air Force.

She said she's willing to do what it takes to continue to fly her flag that honors not only her son… but everyone who has served.

"I'm fully prepared to utilize all resources at my disposal to not only challenge this matter in a court of law if need be but also to bring this matter to the forefront of the public eye," said Rosenbaum.

Rosenbaum said she's flown the flag since her son's appointment to the U.S. Air Force.

"I find it just appalling that any homeowner's association would ask me to take my flag down because that is disrespecting any person who is serving or has served in any branch of the United States military. And they deserve the honor and respect for the sacrifice that they have made for all of us to be able to live and work in this community," said Rosenbaum.

And while Rosenbaum said she won't be taking her flag down any time soon -- she is touched by the ways in which the community is coming together for her.

"I just feel a complete outpouring of support from a lot of residents, not only out here in the dunes, but in Siouxland in general, have called me and emailed me and texted me. And I feel like I have southeastern South Dakota residents on my page," said Rosenbaum.

KTIV has reached out to the Dakota Dunes Community Association for comment but we have not yet received a response.

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