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Veteran Pleads For Help After Irreplaceable Flag Stolen From His Yard

David Schechter, a proud Navy veteran from Miamisburg, Ohio, was a little startled when his friend posed a question to him the day before Veterans Day.

“Where's your flag?” his friends asked.

It was then that Schechter realized that the flag he had proudly displayed in his yard was gone. As the Independent Journal Review shares, the flag held a special amount of significance to Schechter, and not just for the usual reasons you would expect for a veteran that has proudly served his country.

“When I was getting out of the service, they flew the flag, brought it down,” he said. “It's the last thing I had from that squadron.”

His friend, Mark Hinchee, is leading the charge to help his friend get his flag back. Hinchee shared a heartfelt post on social media asking for the public’s help.

“I am in need of some help Miamisburg. A good friend of mine lives on the hill on linden near the drive thru. He was flying his flag out in front of his house and apparently someone decided to steal his flag and flag pole,” Hinchee wrote. “This was not no ordinary flag, it was the same flag that flew over his squadron when he served in the military.”

Reports indicate the police are involved as well, and the hope is that some neighboring security cameras will help provide some clues as to who may have stolen the flag. As Hinchee explained in his post, he simply wants his friend to get back something that he holds near and dear to his heart.

“This is very hurtful in so many ways not only stealing but to take away such a precious memory from a person that has served our country. All we are asking is to return the flag, the pole can be replaced the flag is irreplaceable,” his post continued.

“PLEASE return the flag no questions asked just return it PLEASE. If you know anything about it or know who did it PLEASE have them return it or call the police. Thank you for your service.”
Schechter spoke to local station Fox 45 about what happened, and he’s understandably quite taken aback.

“Just give me my flag back,” he said. “I can buy another flagpole. I can't replace that flag.”

However, he has been pleased with the outpouring of support that he’s received from the community in the wake of his friend’s post. While that’s not making his angst go away, it’s providing a small sense of solace during a difficult time.

We’ll keep our fingers crossed that Schechter will be reunited with his flag. While Hinchee has indicated that they’ll take it back with a no questions asked policy, we would love to hear the reasoning for why someone would feel the need to steal an American flag from someone’s yard. All theft is off-putting, but this tale is especially unsettling when you consider the personal feelings that Schechter has for that particular flag.

Source: Independent Journal Review
Photo: WHIO, Facebook

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