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    This happened in my town and this is the biggest show of disrespect i have ever seen, it is not so much that the price to replace the flags but the fact the price that people have paid for the flag people have died so that flag can hang proud on our city streets i hope these people are found they should have to see first hand what the price of these flags is worth.


    Flags Stolen From Veteran Day Display In Columbia, Il

    Last Edited: Sunday, 16 Nov 2008, 9:57 PM CST
    Created: Sunday, 16 Nov 2008, 9:57 PM CST

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    (myfoxstl) --
    People are calling it the "lowest" of crimes: someone's stolen more than 20 flags from the "avenue" of flags, Veteran's Day display along Main Street, in Columbia, Illinois.



    The thief or thieves may face more trouble than they know but can also avoid it by simply returning the flags.



    "You hear people talking even outside of Columbia, saying 'hey, have you ever driven down main street Columbia and seen the avenue of flags'," said police chief Joe Edwards. "Somebody steals 20 flags, what can they do with them ? They've got no legitimate use or purpose for them."



    The news of the thefts wasn't sitting too well at the American Legion Bingo Sunday afternoon.



    "It's always decorated over here," said Janet Day of St. Loius. "We've always said columbia's such a nice little town because they decorate veteran's day - every holiday."



    "And what are they going to do with the flags?" said Sharon Boitano of Sunset Hills. "That's about as low as you can go. It is."



    "I think that would be pretty low," Day agreed.



    "It's a full size 3x6 flag. We put up about 250 or more," said Kiwanis Club president, Jeff Huch, unfurling one of the flags which were back in storage after the thefts.



    The Avenue of Flags has been tradition in Columbia since September 11th, 2001 when Main Street became an The Avenue of Flags within 4 hours of the terrorist attacks.



    Volunteers put up the flags Monday, the day before Veteran's Day. They took them down Wednesday, the day after Veteran's Day. They noticed there were flags missing, a lot of them.



    "We were missing more than 20 flags," Huch said. "Someone had taken them off the poles...the flag, that's low...the flags cost us well over $50 apiece so it was well over $1000 worth of flags stolen...the amount of money that's stolen is one thing. It's just the fact of the flag's being taken. That's just horrible. You know the public trust's being violated."



    "I truly believe, those individuals who are responsible for this, there's more than one person and other people know about it," Edwards said. "Those are the people we're trying to reach out to right now...those people who know where those flags are, know who's got them, we're asking them to pick up the phone and call us."



    Edwards said this was a felony crime. Though Huch said whoever took the flags could bring them back, no questions asked.



    "Return them. Drop them off at Columbia Firestone. We just want the flags back," Huch said.



    "Yeah, they should bring them back," Boitano chipped in. "If they have them they should bring them back !"



    If you have any information about the flags, call Columbia, Illinois, police

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    We have far to many in this country who love the freedoms it offers but could care less about the price that was paid. They should be give their day in court and if convicted a plane ride to the country of their choice and their citizenship revoked. Never to be allowed in the USA again.




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    I agree Baldy. If things are so bad here, GET THE HELL OUT! I am sure we could start a non-profit to raise money to help expedite their immigration to some other country. On the condition they never come back.
    By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
    Their flag to April's breeze unfurled,
    Here once the embattled farmers stood,
    And fired the shot heard around the world!

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    "When my country, into which I had just set my foot, was set on fire about my ears, it was time to stir. It was time for every man to stir." - Thomas Paine


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