A few days ago, Duy Tran moved into the Lodge on El Dorado apartment complex and proudly hung his American flag from his balcony as a symbol of his patriotism. Much to his dismay, the apartment manager came knocking on his door, requesting he take the flag down. According to Tran, the manager told him that it was a “threat to the Muslim community.”
Tran told KHOU, “What really stunned me is that she said it’s a threat towards the Muslim community. I’m not a threat toward anybody.”
The Washington Times reported that there have been attempts to get a comment from the apartment manager but instead she has been handing out statements, refusing to answer any questions. She has gone as far as asking the police to escort the press of the premises.
The statement handed out reads:
“While the Lodge on El Dorado admires our resident’s patriotism, we must enforce our property rules and guidelines. Such guidelines maintain the aesthetics of our apartment community and provide for the safety of all residents. The apartment community already proudly displays our country’s flag in a safe and appropriate manner at the entrances to our community.”
Reporters for KHOU stated they saw other patriotic symbols hanging from other balconies in the complex so it doesn’t appear that management is holding everyone to the same standards.
“I’m gonna leave my flag there, as an American, until she shows me proof that I don’t have the right to leave my flag there,” said Tran. “I have friends that died for this country.”
KHOU spoke to many residents who said they don’t mind Tran’s flag and wouldn’t mind if it were to stay on display on his balcony. As far as they know, there have not been any complaints about any of the other flags or patriotic symbols hanging in the apartment complex.
The Lodge on El Dorado Apartments has since issued another statement on their community web page. Calling it the “Stars and Stripes Misunderstanding”, it states:
“We understand that the recent events surrounding the display of the United States Flag on the balcony railing has caused a great deal of consternation. We regret that the policies, consistent with the hotel and apartment industry, have created an incorrect perception that we are not supportive of patriotism.
Residents are allowed to display flags inside their balconies. However, tarps, tents, flags, towels or clothing are not permitted on or over the railing of balconies and patios in order to maintain an aesthetically consistent image.
We are committed to providing a safe, comfortable and pleasant living environment to our residents through service, attention to detail and exacting expectations. Our goal is to deliver a positive living experience for all of our residents and regret the misunderstanding.
We apologize for anything that may have been communicated regarding the policy that was offensive to Mr. Tran at The Lodge on El Dorado in Webster, Texas. We admire our resident’s patriotism and proudly display our Country’s flag at the entrance to our community.”