Several flags placed atop a freeway overpass at Riverside have been deliberately damaged and stolen for unknown reasons in honor of the 13 US Marines killed in the recent Afghanistan attack.
It began with a set of 13 US flags and a Marine Corps flag that was installed during Labor Day weekend over the Ivy Overpass on the 91 Freeway.
Riverside Police Department spokesman Ryan Relsbach told The Epoch Times that shortly after being installed, all of the flags were completely cropped.
On September 7, a family went to the Ivy Overpass to replace the damaged flags with a new set of 13 US flags and a nautical flag, when another family showed up at the same time with the other 13 US flags set on the other. Were on the edge of the overpass, Railsbach said.
Unfortunately within 24 hours, all 27 flags were stolen, the reason being unclear.
At the same time that the 27 flags were being put up, the Riverside Chamber of Commerce placed 13 American flags and a nautical flag on the 14th Street overpass, and the next day the nautical flag was stolen.
The police department is investigating who may have committed the vandalism, but at a time when there are no suspects, noting that the area around the Ivy Overpass is among residential neighborhoods with few security cameras.
It is also not clear whether one person or several people destroyed the monuments.
Railsback speculated that whoever damaged the flag first may have had a mental illness; But whoever deliberately stole all the 27 flags, their actions were deliberate.
“We have homeless people in these areas, but whoever cut the flags first, it could have been some children, some angry person, some mentally ill homeless person, who were walking and decided to cut and rip them off. Whoever did that probably wasn’t on their mind,” Relsbach said.
“But when you steal 27 flags the next day, you know what you’re doing. This isn’t coming across as neurotic, it’s the behavior of someone who is more willful and probably in some degree of their right mind.” but we won’t know for sure [unless we catch them]”
Relsbach said that if the man was looking to divide the community, it actually had the opposite effect, with people uniting on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, both of the 13 soldiers killed in the Kabul attack. Buy flags.
“Right after 9/11, it was a feeling of everyone coming together and talking about what they don’t have, and a sense of unity and support for so many different things, but then it was the military. and the people who were lost that day. So, you get a little sense of it [here], a part of it 13. is related to [service members] Those who died, but tomorrow is also celebrating the 20th anniversary of 9/11. It’s kind of a combination of the two that we’re starting to see people coming up.
Residents of Riverside have put up 13 flags around their homes in support of the soldiers, and as the overpass’s ruined, another group has put up 13 more flags on the Adams Street overpass. Of the 13 soldiers killed, two were from Riverside, something that Railsback really hit close to home for the community.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times