Reporting Robbie Owens
COLLIN COUNTY (CBS 11 NEWS) – Plano veteran Larry Lorance always has a flag flying at his home. And he’s fed up with having to replace it.
Lorance’s front door flag was destroyed for the third time early Friday morning. He says his verbal response to the attack isn’t fit for publication; but, he thought ‘my gosh, they did it again.’
“A lot of men and women gave their lives for this flag,” he said sternly, adding that, “as an American, and as a veteran, I was offended by that.”
After the second flag was destroyed, Lorance installed a surveillance system and sure enough the culprits were captured on video. And he says the incident went beyond damage—he was appalled at the disrespect.
“Not only did they tear it down. But, one of the gentleman stomped up and down on the flag,” Lorance said. “I thought, ‘this is unacceptable! Where are the parents?’”
Lorance didn’t report the vandalism to Plano police, saying he was a teen once and doesn’t want the vandals to have a record. But, he is posting the surveillance video online at fireengines.net/flag in the hope of turning the disrespectful mess into a teachable moment.
“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.’”
The proud veteran said he would like for the teens to replace what they destroyed and perhaps spend some time volunteering at the local Veteran’s Administration Medical Center.
In keeping with the federal flag code, Lorance said his damaged flag will be properly destroyed this weekend, by a local VFW chapter.
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