SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The management at an Oregon apartment complex has relented and will allow a 70-year-old Navy veteran to hang his American flag in the commons area on Veterans Day — and some other days, as well.
The nonprofit organization that runs the subsidized downtown housing complex had threatened to evict Edward Zivica for violating the rules against hanging anything on exterior walls.
But St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County said Friday it got “a lot of attention” when the story spread nationally the day before.
So, it announced an agreement with Zivica: He can stay and the flag can be displayed on days the two parties have agreed on, “provided it is done in a manner that’s respectful to the flag and our other tenants.”
Zivica has been a resident at the apartment complex in Springfield since it opened in 2009 and has been at odds with the management over his practice of hanging a large flag in the commons area on significant days.
The last such was Navy Day, Oct. 27.
After that, Zivica got a notice saying he’d be evicted unless he signed a compliance note.
Zivica was in the Navy’s Submarine Service in the 1960s. He said the flag he’d been displaying was one the Army sent him on the death of his father, a World War II veteran.
Details about the specific days weren’t immediately available.