Somerville Veterans Memorial Cemetery is in Massachusetts.
George Gatteny sat in traffic when something incredibly awful occurred.
According to Gatteny, he saw a man pull four small American flags from the ground, toss them to the floor, then proceed to urinate on them while a woman acted as his lookout.
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“Never imagined what I was about to see,” said Gatteny
Gatteny says the man then threw the flags behind a statue and urinated on them.
When he got out of his car and confronted the pair, Gatteny says they quickly took off.
“They were walking, talking, as if nothing happened,” said Gatteny.
Old Glory is never to touch the ground. That’s a rule.
But to then show such disrespect by urinating on the American flag – at a Veterans cemetery, no less?
Civility is dead.
It’s safe to assume these people did not vote for Donald Trump in 2016.
More from Gatteny, via Fox News:
“I got back in my car and drove up Broadway (toward Tele Sq) to see if I could find them. I wanted photos of them,” he wrote. Gatteny then located the couple and took a few photos of them.
Gatteny said he later went to the Somerville Police Department, giving authorities there his statement and the photos.
In a statement to The Boston Globe, Somerville Police Deputy Chief James Stanford said the police department is “aware of the Facebook posting and have opened an investigation into the matter.”
“This is an active and ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time,” he added.
“They weren’t concerned about the consequences. They are going to be concerned about it now because a lot of people are upset by that,” Gatteny told Boston 25-News.
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David Lyons uncle Leo was killed during World War II and his name is listed on the memorial where the flags were desecrated.
The man who desecrated the flags needs to understand just how many people have given their lives for this country so he can live freely.
Nearly 500,000 military personnel died during the U.S. Civil War. That’s almost half of all Americans who have ever died during wartime, and more than a hundred times more than died during the American Revolution, according to the latest estimates from the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs. This Memorial day, we decided to take a close look at the number of American servicemembers who lost their lives during wartime in an effort to put their sacrifices into a broader perspective.
During World War II, about 12 percent of the total U.S. population were a part of the armed forces, according to Census Bureau and Department of Defense data. And while fewer servicemembers enlisted during the Vietnam War era, the conflict’s draft cut across American society, explains Gala True, a medical anthropologist and folklorist with the Department of Veterans Affairs and contributor to the Library of Congress’ Veterans History Project. She talks with veterans, primarily those who fought most recently in Afghanistan and Iraq, and explores ways to use narrative as a tool for mental health care. “Even though there’s so much talk about the opposition and difficult experiences that Vietnam veterans had coming home with protests, there was still a sense that people were very close to someone who had served or knew someone who had served,” she said.
Today, out of a nation of 320 million people, 1.3 million Americans are in active duty military, and another 1 million serve in the reserves, according to the Department of Defense.