FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, Ind. (May 25, 2015) – Anthony Reed made the discovery Saturday morning mowing his lawn.
“I came by and I just looked and I happened to see this,” he said. “And this is what looked odd first.”
About a month-and-a-half after installing his new flagpole, both his Marine Corps and American flags were gone. Reed now believes they were stolen, straight from his front yard.
“What’s upsetting is they would do this,” Reed said.
Nearly 20 years ago, fresh out of high school, is when Reed first enlisted in the Marine Corps. Even before that, he bought his Marine Corps flag.
“Twenty years,” he said. “Twenty years. I bought it when I was in high school. Twenty years and it disappeared. That meant a lot to me because I bought it when I was in high school knowing I was going in and I never put it out. I always had it hanging on my wall. Then I finally put it out.”
Two deployments and eight years of service later, this Memorial Day weekend Reed reflects on service, of lives lost fighting for this country and this year, of a vandal stealing what may have appeared to be just two flags.
But for Reed, the flags symbolized so much more.
“That was my service,” he said. “I was proud of it and displaying this. And I got veterans plates on my truck. All my awards are on the wall in the house, so I figured I wanted to display it outside.”
Reed didn’t file a police report. He’s not really looking to press criminal charges.
This, he said, is more of a lesson in morality, hoping whoever stole the flags will simply return them.
“It’d be nice,” he said. “I’d love to have my Marine Corps flag back.”