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Friday, November 4, 2011

US Navy veteran could be evicted for hanging American flag

Edward Zivica, a 70-year-old who served in the Navy in the 1960s, faces a hard choice come Veterans Day next week: He can obey the rules and remain in his apartment complex, or he can follow his tradition of hanging the American flag outside his place.

The managers at his subsidized housing project here have given him notice he'll be evicted if he again violates the rules against putting anything on the exterior walls.

That notice came after the flag went up Oct. 27 for Navy Day, one of several that Zivica marks by hanging it outside the community room near the main entrance. He'd gotten a letter from the management in June telling him to quit.

Zivica was in the Navy's Submarine Service from 1960-67, according to the Eugene Register-Guard.

The flag, he said, was one the Army sent when his dad, a World War II veteran, died. Zivica says a brother also served in Korea, as a Marine.

He told the paper he doesn't have many options for housing, so he would knuckle under and sign a compliance notice, which he called "a confession" and "an apology."

But he also said he finds it hard not to hang the flag on Veterans Day.

"It's one of the biggest days of the year for us," he said. "... I guess we'll see what happens." more