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Disabled veteran seeks to replace slashed flag

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Charles “Poppy” Turner (Source: WAVE 3 News) Charles “Poppy” Turner (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Rev. Hubert “Shorty” Chesser (Source: WAVE 3 News) Rev. Hubert “Shorty” Chesser (Source: WAVE 3 News)
EMINENCE, KY (WAVE) - Independence Day is a time to rally around the flag, but in Eminence, Kentucky a disabled veteran is fighting to replace a Star Spangled Banner after it was defaced and desecrated - right on his front porch.

Talk five minutes with Charles “Poppy” Turner and it is clear the Stars and Stripes are more than the banner he bore as he served for the Unites States Army in South Korea, more than a quarter-century ago.

“The flag represents the living country, and is considered a living thing,” he said.

But on June 7, he woke up and found someone had vandalized his flag.

“They cut a big hole in the stars and then they cut down this,” he said. “Somebody murdered my flag. They cut through the blood, the valor and the honor of my country!”

 “We fought for that flag and died for it? Why would somebody want to tear it all to pieces like that?” asked Rev. Hubert “Shorty” Chesser.

Lots of residents in Eminence, don't need a holiday to fly their flags. But nobody's touched their colors. They haven't suffered any vandalism either.

I have never heard him raise his voice-to anybody,” Chesser said of Turner.

In fact, Chesser said his wife's church owes its front doors in part to Turner's generosity.

But rather than sit looking for whom to blame Turner would just as soon replace what Louisville's Oates Flag Company had given him upon learning he was a disabled veteran.

“If they want to cut that flag, they'll need to pull it down or they're gonna have to climb a 50 foot flag pole,” he said.

“I'll tell you what-he's got enough people at this church that'll help him put it up,” said Chesser.

Turner said Oates told him if he could raise $875 for the pole, they would provide a new flag to fly atop it.

But he would like the guilty party to get a lesson in respect.

Friends have set up a Facebook page called “Flagpole for Poppy” with instructions on how to send donations to Oates, to cover the costs. To visit the page, click here.

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