SANDUSKY, Ohio — Residents in Sandusky are keeping a close eye on their American flags after the “stars and stripes” were stolen from three homes in their neighborhood.
Pam Woodruff, who lives on Rockwell Street, told Fox 8, “I was shocked. I couldn’t believe it, especially because it’s the Fourth of July, come on.”
Retired U.S. Marine Alfred Kirksey suspects the thieves are juveniles who do not understand the sacrifice American patriots have made for the flag over the past 236 years.
“I think it goes back to their parents: if their parents would have taught them respect for other people’s property and the flag, then they wouldn’t do it,” said Kirksey.
The theft of the flags is not the only “star-spangled” controversy in Sandusky this summer. Last month, residents and some veterans groups were offended when an American flag was flown upside down outside a business. But after serving his country all over the world, Alfred Kirksey takes a more philosophical view.
“You know, you serve your country because you respect your country and other people, you know, they don’t serve, so they don’t fully understand, but yet you know, that’s the reason that you serve, to let them have their freedom so they can do what they want to do.”
As for the people who stole the flags, Pam Woodruff says when they’re caught, they should be given a history lesson.
“It means our freedom, and all of the people in my family who’ve served in the military and my friends who have, too. They fight for our freedom, and that’s what you put the flag up for,” said Woodruff.
Anyone with information about the thefts is asked to call Sandusky Police.