The 13 US flags for the 13 US Military who died during the suicide bombing in Afghanistan were devastated and vandalized by unknown people just this week.
The police said that the said 13 flags that were hanged on the Ivy Street overpass above the 91 Freeway, were intentionally damaged. One citizen has noticed the damaged flags and immediately reported them to the authorities.
The said flags consisted of 13 US American flags and one United States Marine Corp flag hung up, all of which were vandalized.
Flags honoring the 13 American heroes who died in Afghanistan are vandalized. As Riverside police try to identify the vandal, members of the community take action. #NBC4 @NBCLA pic.twitter.com/oKYS6JFfAZ
— Tony Shin (@TonyNBCLA) September 7, 2021
According to the police, “It’s obvious the flags were intentionally damaged,” they also thanked the citizen for bringing it to their attention.
Here’s an excerpt from the Military Times report:
Someone severely vandalized flags hung on a Southern California freeway overpass to honor the 13 U.S. service members killed in the suicide bombing at Afghanistan’s Kabul airport on Aug. 26, police said.
A citizen reported the damage to the 13 American flags and a Marine Corps flag that were attached to a fence on a bridge over the State Route 91 freeway in the city of Riverside, local police said in a social media post on Tuesday.
“At this point, we don’t have any suspect description but it’s obvious the flags were intentionally damaged,” police said.
Two people helped the police take down the damaged flags. Boy Scout Troop 703 received them and will be properly retiring them.
There are no suspects at this time.
Three Marines from Southern California — Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, 20, of Norco, Lance Cpl. Dylan Merola, 20, of Rancho Cucamonga, and Cpl. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio — was among the American troops killed in the Aug. 26 attack.
Ten of the fallen service members, including Nikoui, Merola, and Lopez, were based out of San Diego County’s Camp Pendleton.
Source: Wayne Dupree