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Jan 5, 2012 9:10 PM by Herbie Smith


Iraq veteran, Brian Harper says he is beyond angry after watching a driver toss an American flag out a car window. "He just wadded it up and threw it in the street like it was mere garbage," said Harper. Harper says this happened Tuesday afternoon at the in intersection of Johnston and University in Lafayette. "And a couple of cars actually passed on top of it and when I got out of my vehicle to stop traffic, people were looking at me like was crazy,"said Harper.
It may seem like a piece of fabric with no meaning to some people but for Harper who's served our country for more the 20 years in the Army,Navy, a police officer and currently active in the National Guard, the flag runs deep. "I've had friends who've paid the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives and I have had friends who were injured. To me it's an insult to myself and to them who've served and are currently serving," said Harper.
World War 2 Vet, Harris Schexnider and Enola Kilchrist are with VFW Post 98-22 and say they understand Harper's frustration. They say unwanted flags should be properly discarded.
"After its burned in entirely you take the ashes and bury them," said Kilchrist.
"The people who fought in the wars fought because they are under a certain flag, the American flag. That's our goal to preserve it," said Schexnider.
"They say one man's garbage is another man's treasure, this(the flag) will always be treasure," said Harper.


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