SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Some Shreveport residents are upset after someone burned an American flag in their neighborhood.
The flag once flew on a pole at a home in the 900 block of Captain Shreve Drive but now, nothing but ashes and a burnt rope is left of it. Meanwhile, neighbors are furious and are on the look out for who may have done it.
"For somebody to do this tells me that they have no respect for the United States of America" says retired Air Force Master Sergeant Gary Donovan who served in Vietnam and Desert Storm.
After many years in Italy and on Barksdale Air Force Base, Donovan settled in Shreve Island. "We've never had any problems in the neighborhood until this incident here" he says.
Saturday morning, on his routine walk with his dogs, Donovan discovered the burnt flag.
"I thought I was going to lose it. I really did" says Donovan.
Donovan actually took care of the flag since the house where it stood is for sale. He recently put up a new flag since the old one was starting to tear. He says to find it burned was the highest disrespect.
"It disrespects every person who has given their life, blood, sweat, tears and sacrifice to help protect this country" says Donovan.
Although the flag no longer flies in the Shreve Island neighborhood, its meaning of unity and strength stands tall with neighbors.
"Me and the neighbors have become more vigilant of our surroundings and we hope that maybe we can help protect our neighborhood better" says Donovan.
No official report was filed with police but if a charge is made, the person responsible could face vandalism charges and possibly even more. According to Louisiana state law, a person can go to jail for up to 90 days and be fined $100 for destroying a flag. Desecration of an American flag is considered a misdemeanor but there is no federal law against it.