American POW/MIA flags have been stolen from a veterans’ memorial and a flag pole damaged, the day before a Memorial Day service.
The Johnson City, Tennessee memorial was vandalized for the second time, with flags stolen in an incident three months ago.
Locals have called the vandalism “disgusting,” “sickening” and “vile,” particularly as it was committed just prior to a service.
As reported in the Daily Caller:
Brenda Barnette, chairwoman of the memorial’s board, told the Johnson City Press she learned about the vandalism on Sunday afternoon. “It’s a boot in the face of freedom, veterans and our families who sacrifice and serve,” Barnette said.
“It’s heartbreaking really, I mean to think that somebody lives in our community who doesn’t revere our freedom like we do. It’s kind of beyond vandalism, because symbolically they’re taking the freedom that these people sacrificed and exercising it in a very fallacious way,” said Barnette.
The flags are expected to be replaced in time for the 6 p.m. service on Monday.