Flag Memorial to 13 Military Killed in Afghanistan Vandalized

flag memorial

A flag memorial set up in Riverside, California that was meant to honor the 13 service members killed in Kabul, Afghanistan was ripped apart just two days before the US will remember the 9-11-2001 tragedy. An ”observant citizen” saw the damage and reported it to the Riverside Police Department. Riverside is approximately 55 miles East of Los Angeles.

This is what the memorial looked like prior to the vandalism.

The flag memorial

Recently after the deaths of our 13 United States Service Members killed in Afghanistan, 13 American Flags and 1 Marine Corp flag were placed on the fence to the Ivy Street overpass to the 91 Freeway in Riverside as a memorial. Sometime yesterday, an observant citizen noticed the flags appeared to be damaged and it was reported to the police.

At this point, we don’t have any suspect description but it’s obvious the flags were intentionally damaged. If you have any information as to who vandalized these flags placed on this freeway overpass to honor the 13 Fallen Service Members, please contact our Property Crimes Unit at (951) 353-7955.

We want to thank the group “What is Going on in Riverside County” for bringing this crime to our attention. With help from two citizens, the flags were carefully removed and will be turned over later today to local Boy Scout Troop 703 for proper retirement.

Riverside Police
A Riverside police officer takes stock of the damage to the flag memorial.

The Marine Corps flag was torn, as were the 13 American flags across the memorial, leaving gaping holes. Riverside Police are investigating, but have not been able to identify a suspect.

Flags ready to give to Boy Scout Troop 703

Eighteen other troops were injured in the blast which claimed the lives of 11 US Marines, 1 Navy Corpsman, and 1 Army soldier, as we previously reported. Honor, respect, duty are concepts that leftists do not comprehend. They only know destroy – it’s their preferred method of operation. One Facebook user who didn’t call herself a patriot said this incident bothered her, and suggested that everyone pull together and replace the memorial until people see that the lives of these service members matter. One suggested that they be replaced more than once, if necessary. Another suggested we help these vandals pack since they obviously don’t love our country. We vote for that one.

US Marines mourn the loss of their fellow Marines after the Kabul bombing


Featured photo: Riverside Police Department on Facebook

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