AHWATUKEE, Ariz – A Marine veteran in Phoenix is outraged that someone would torch his American flag and leave the remnants in front of his home.
Brian Ellison found the burned remains of the flag in his driveway Wednesday morning, reported KPNX-TV. The flag had been attached to the front of his house, in what is described as a nice, quiet neighborhood.
“There’s two big pieces that you feel when you see something like that,” Ellison told the station. “You’re sad, and you’re mad. There’s not a lot that you can do about either one of them. So I came home and put another flag up.”
Lisa Ellison told KTVK-TV that the look on her husband after he found the flag in the driveway was “like somebody shot him.”
“He just was devastated that somebody would do this,” she said.
“The flag means everything to me,” Ellison told the station. “When you say your oath and you join the military you stand in front of that flag when you raise your right hand. When we lose a service member or a veteran dies we put it on the casket.”
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“I want everyone in Ahwatukee to get their own flag and all of us stand proud and say this is not going to happen anymore,” said Lisa Ellison.
Here’s hoping that Phoenix PD catches the culprit. If you have any information, call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.