WOOD COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - American flags were torn and tattered by vandals. It upset a lot of East Texans and now the Wood County Sheriff's Department needs your help.
The flags were shredded at a residence along the 900 block of Highway 37, just north of Quitman.
"It's disheartening," said Lynn Munger. "It's crushing."
It has outraged a lot of people in Wood County, who appreciate David and Lynn Munger's show of patriotism.
"It's gone from rage to sadness," said Lynn. "I don't understand why someone would do something like this."
"Do you hate this country so much that you had to do something like that?" asked David. "If you do, why live here? Go somewhere else."
Wood County investigators say vandals struck late Sunday night or early Monday morning. A new POW flag was targeted as well as two American flags and one was stolen.
"Must have taken a knife or a box cutter and sliced it off," said Lynn.
David and Lynn were both raised in military families and he served 10 years in the Marine Corps. They say this has struck such a nerve in the community a lot of people are offering to stand guard at night to protect the flags.
"I was just furious and wanted to find somebody," said David. "As we say in the Marine Corps, 'Kick butt and take names.'"
"It's just expensive for those that enabled us to fly this flag in this country," said Lynn.
Lynn says their traditional flag display along busy Highway 37 attracts a lot of positive attention - including a World War II veteran who recently stopped.
"He could barely get out of his car and with his cane he stood at attention and he saluted the flags...and he asked me if he could stand out in 100 degree heat and put those flags up, too," said Lynn. "He had tears in his eyes when he thanked me for putting the flags up."
Though saddened, Lynn says they are resilient. They plan to replace these flags so all 440 feet of frontage will be covered come July 4th.
The Wood County Sheriff's Department believes someone out there knows who did this and they are urging them to contact them. They would also like to hear from anyone who may have seen something Sunday night or early Monday morning.