In Anderson County, South Carolina, deputies are investigating after 21 American flags were stolen from veterans’s graves at a cemetery on the Fourth of July and burned by vandals.
Forest Lawn Cemetery employees in Anderson told WYFF that the burned flags were discovered Friday, July 5. None of the gravesites had been vandalized.
The incident was also posted on their Facebook page.
“On the night of July the 4th, someone pulled up 21 American Flags that lined the roadway to our Veteran’s Mausoleum and had the nerve to burn them, yes burn them, on the lawn right in front of where our Veteran’s and their families rest in peace,” the post read.
Cemetery staff said there was no surveillance video of the incident but they called the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office and filed a report.
The person collected 21 flag poles with flags attached, stacked them and willfully set them on fire, WYFF reported. Funeral home owner Douglas McDougald said the symbolism hurts worse than the act itself.
“We can replace the flags, it’s just the hurt of those families who had people buried there and to find they had burned 21 flags, it really disappoints you,” McDougald said.
The total value of damaged property is $1,260, the incident report stated.
Anyone with information about these flags is asked to call the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office or the cemetery at 1-888-274-6372.
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