Loren Vincent, a veteran of the U.S. Marines serving from 1956 -1962, woke up Monday morning, went outside, and found a pile of ashes next to his flag pole where his American flag had once flown above.
Vincent remembers the last time he saw the flag gracefully flying was on Sunday night around 7 p.m., after he returned home from evening church.
The next morning he went outside and was curious about where his flag could be because he did not see it flying. When Vincent stepped further out on his home on Glenhaven Court, he discovered that the flag had been taken down from the pole and burned.
After the Marine veteran saw how his American flag had been disrespect, he reported it to the Turlock Police Department, while also contacting the media.
“We’re not after publicity, we want it out there to let people know that there are people out there that does this,” said Vincent. “If someone wants to go out and buy a flag and burn it, that is their right, but not to come on someone else’s property, take their flag down, and burn it.”
Turlock Police took the report around 8:15 a.m. on Monday. There were no witnesses, however, if anyone has information they are asked to contact Turlock Police.
When TurlockCityNews.com asked Vincent if he felt targeted, due to the fact that no other flags in the area had been burned, he said that he did not feel targeted. Vincent went on to say that it could have been anyone and that whoever is responsible for the flag burning must have chosen his flag because it is in a court, away from traffic and not as visible.
The pole that the flag hangs from was a customized project that gives honor to those who have fought for the USA, and fortunately was not damaged when the burning took place. Vincent’s neighbor, Joe Nance, helped build the pole about 15 years ago and together added symbols that are special to them. The two of them added emblems to the pole with respect to their loved ones who served for their country, and Vincent added, “You will not find another one like it.”
A member of the American Legion told Vicente that they will be making rounds to make sure that flags are still in place and protected.
The day following the disrespect of the flag, the Veterans of Foreign Wars got in contact with Vincent and delivered him a new flag to put back on his customized pole.
Nance said, “As long as there are American veterans and good ‘ol red-blooded American people in this country, that flag is going to continue to fly.”
Veterans Joe Nance and Loren Vincent standing proudly with a new American flag, after the previous flag was randomly burned to ashes. 09-30-15