Huge American flag stolen from California veterans cemetery
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Authorities said a huge American flag and several smaller flags were stolen from a Southern California veterans cemetery over Memorial Day weekend.
Les’ Melnyk, spokesperson for the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration, said the garrison flag at Los Angeles National Cemetery was reported stolen late Sunday or early Monday.
The cemetery gates were closed at the time, Melnyk said.
Veterans Affairs Police are investigating the theft of the flag, which measures 25 feet by 30 feet, Melnyk said.
The crime “cannot in any way detract from the honor and respect we render on this memorial day to those men and women of service who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation,” said Melnyk.
Rebekah Adams, a volunteer with the Los Angeles National Cemetery Support Foundation, said it would be difficult to remove the flag which is typically handled by three people.
“It’s so sad and shocking that something like this is happening on Memorial Day,” Adams said.
The cemetery dates from the late 19th century and is managed by the Veterans Administration.
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