AUBURN, Wash. – Allen Tullar says that he’s not allowed to fly a flag from his apartment complex. So instead, he flies one in the back of his pickup truck.

At least he did, until a suspected vandal set that flag ablaze, burning part of his truck along with it.

Tullar says he suspects the flag was lit sometime between midnight and 6 a.m. on Sunday. The motive behind the crime is unknown. 

Lucky for Tullar, the damage to his pickup was just “cosmetic,” and only damaged the paint and a rear window. 

 

Tullar spoke about the event with KOMO News. 

“The pole here was facing up,” Tullar said, showing off the damage the fire had left. “The flag was flying this way.”

According to the report, Tullar’s son was the first one to notice the damage.

“There was cake marks all over here,” Tullar said. “And up here where it actually melted onto the car.”

Tullar has friends, co-workers and family that have served in the United States military. His display of the American flag is a direct tribute to the men and women who serve, especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice defending our freedoms.

He just began flying the flag a few weeks earlier.

He said in a Facebook comment that this has nothing to do with politics, to his knowledge.

“I dont talk politics I beleive everone [sic] has there right to voice there opinions that is why I fly my flag for the fallen brothers and sisters that gave us the right,” the comment said.

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“To deface something that we all fought for, you know, it’s to me… it’s just… there’s other ways to voice your opinion. And by doing this it was wrong,” he said.

Police are investigating, but Tullar isn’t hopeful that they’ll catch the vandal as there don’t seem to be any surveillance cameras in the vicinity. 

 

Tullar said he has a great amount of pride and love for his country and that the crime was beyond disrespectful.

“Sickening that somebody would do that,” he said.

So how is he responding to the hateful act?

By flying a new flag.

Tullar says that a friend has provided him a new American flag, which he will be proudly flying from his truck for the foreseeable future.

Take that, anonymous vandal.

 

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