A Texas organization that honors service members at their funeral reportedly suffered a blow this week, after they found they were deprived of dozens of American flags.
A Texas organization that, among other things, the honor, service members in their burials, reportedly suffered a blow this week, after they found they were deprived of dozens of American flags.
The San Antonio Patriot Guard Riders were preparing Thursday for a funeral procession to be held the following day, when they discovered that a thief had taken flags and equipment from their storage room, KSAT reported.
The group describes themselves on their website as “a strong desire to honor” the military and veterans, and, “when invited by family, we attend funerals and interments” and “to take part in a flag line,” among other duties.
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Jean ‘ n Kristine Clark, of whom a part of the organization of the Facebook page informed of the theft, said that at some point during the week, an individual “illegally entered,” SA PJC Guard Shack’ and removed without our knowledge or consent 59 American Flags” and “the tools we use for putting the flags on our poles.”
They said they have 38 flags and a number of the necessary equipment and plan to push forward and the “continue with our mission and community service for our veterans, despite the adversity thrust upon us.” However, the organization will eventually have to replenish their stock of flags, KSAT reported.
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“If you are our flags, it means that we’re standing there, without a flag, or climb, and for some new ones,” ride captain Peter Johnson told KSAT.
And in an attempt to plead with the thief, the flag captain Alice Wagener told the outlet, “If you have any decency and love of country, bring them back.”