A veteran in Plano, Texas, had his American flag outside his front door destroyed for the third time on Friday morning. And he’s sick of it.
Larry Lorance told CBS DFW that he installed a surveillance camera and successfully captured the violators on video — three punks roaming at night with nothing better to do. It’s not just about the damage to his property, it’s about respect, he said.
“A lot of men and women gave their lives for this flag,” the veteran said sternly. “As an American, and as a veteran, I was offended by that.”
“Not only did they tear it down. But, one of the gentleman stomped up and down on the flag,” he added. “I thought, ‘this is unacceptable! Where are the parents?’”
Despite his anger at the disrespectful act, Lorance said he didn’t report the three hoodlums to the Plano police because he doesn’t want them to have a criminal record for the rest of their lives. However, he gladly posted the video online to potentially use the incident to teach the kids a lesson.
Lorance made the following offer: “These kids need to step up, say ‘I did this.’ I’ll shake their hands and say ‘thank you for standing up and being a man, let’s take care of it.’”
He also wants the teenagers to replace his American flag display and even volunteer at the local VA.
“In keeping with the federal flag code, Lorance said his damaged flag will be properly destroyed this weekend, by a local VFW chapter,” CBS DFW reports.
(H/T: Weasel Zippers)