Germantown resident hopes to get stolen American flag back

Published: Jul. 12, 2012 at 3:25 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 12, 2012 at 3:54 AM EDT
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Certificate of Flag Presentation
Certificate of Flag Presentation
Paul Pellerito
Paul Pellerito
Phil Pellerito (Source: Family photo)
Phil Pellerito (Source: Family photo)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A Germantown resident made a public plea after an American flag disappeared off of his front porch. He lives in the 900 block of Goss Avenue.

The American flag was flown at a memorial at Pearl Harbor and waved in honor of Paul Pellerito's grandfather.

It was a flag Pellerito treasured. "It was my grandfather's flag and when he passed away my grandmother gave it to me," said Pellerito.
It was a keepsake memorial to remember his grandfather, Phil Pellerito, who was in the Navy and served throughout World War II.

"It was flown on the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor and it was given to my grandfather," said Pellerito.
He passed away in 2005, and for several years, Pellerito would not even take the flag out of the packaging.

"I had just kept it indoors in the shrink wrap in the box and Fourth of July this year came along and I decided I would hang it out," said Pellerito.

But just a few days later, he suddenly noticed it was gone. "It wouldn't have just blown away," said Pellerito. "I'm pretty sure someone was just walking by and just came up and took it. I was just flabbergasted that someone would do that, that someone would take an American flag right off my porch."

Now all he has left is a Certificate of Flag Presentation given to his grandfather in 1997. He said he has not even had the heart to tell his grandmother in Michigan, just hoping it will reappear. 

"Grandpa was a veteran, so you didn't just steal it from me, you stole it from a veteran," said Pellerito. "He was a hardworking man who worked all his life and this was just part of legacy and now it's gone."
Pellerito says he plans on filing a police report. Meanwhile Germantown residents are backing their neighbor in hopes his flag is returned. According to their Facebook page, the flag can be dropped off, no questions asked, at AMVETS Post #9 on South Shelby Street. 
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