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American flag burned in Okolona

This is what the flag looked like after it was burned. (Source: Natalia Martinez, WAVE 3 News) This is what the flag looked like after it was burned. (Source: Natalia Martinez, WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Only charred remains are what's left of an American flag that once hung proudly in Okolona.

"When they brought it in last night, I had tears," Annette Wargo, an employee at the Okolona VFW Post 8639, told WAVE 3 News.

A Thin Blue Line Flag, which is representative of police and flew on the same post, was also burned.

The flags flew at the Lone Oak Park at the corner of Preston Highway and the Outer Loop.

It's a busy intersection that thousands of cars drive through each day.

But according to reports, Thursday night just before 10, there was something in the ditch on fire.

The American Flag and a Thin Blue Line flag had been cut from their rope, doused with an accelerant and lit.

"We fly the American flag on our trucks and we would hate to see the American flag desecrated in any way," Okolona Fire Chief Marlin Howard said.

His department put the fire out and handed the remains of the flags to LMPD officers. They, in turn, took them to the VFW post and asked if they retired flags.  

"It was very heartbreaking," Wargo said, remembering the officers bringing in their own flag in shambles. "I thanked them for their service."

Wargo took the flags in. But she wasn't the only one upset.

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"This is a great country, and I don't understand why anyone would do something like that," Army Veteran and VFW member, Bob Shader, said.

To him, the American flag means one thing.

"One big word -- freedom," he said. "And that's something a lot of countries can't say."

He said at the VFW, Old Glory will be retired and disrespected no more.

"It will be well taken care of, I guarantee you that," he said.

Police don't have any information about any suspects and are considering it an isolated incident.

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