The American flag was gathered up in an ashtray.
The flag honoring prisoners of war and those missing in action was laid
beside it, a gray stain on the grass.
All around the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9220 on Lavender Road in Bensalem
were signs of vandalism and visibly distressed men and women who once served in combat. Members of the post said they believe
someone torched the American flag, the state flag, POW/MIA flag and a VFW flag during the previous night.
The vandals also torched a trashcan placed against the wall of the building,
though there appeared to be no damage to the building.
The words “Remember Satan” were spray painted on the wall. The
tags “S.A.,” “Sora,” “MC” and “MRK MC” were painted on an oil tank, air conditioners,
a shed and fencing.
The graffiti began showing up on handicapped parking signs about two weeks
ago, said post Commander Joe Amodei. “I just can't believe it came to this,” he said Monday, holding his head
in his hands.
Amodei and his wife, Nancy, arrived at the post Monday afternoon and discovered
“I cried when I saw it all,” she said, as she cleaned burned
matches from a blue mailbox where people are encouraged to place old flags for proper disposal.
“This is total disrespect for anyone who ever served in the armed
forces,” said Vietnam veteran Ed Willis of Philadelphia, as he stood outside the hall, shaking his head. “The
sad thing is that we fought and died so these people could be here ... and they chose to burn our flags.”
Sunday's vandalism comes just three days before Flag Day Wednesday and a
scheduled vote in the U.S. Senate that could lead to a constitutional amendment banning destruction of the American flag,
even as a form of protest.
Approved by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2005, the proposed amendment
would give state and federal lawmakers “the power to prohibit the desecration of the American flag.” The proposed
amendment would then head back to the states, where three-fourths of the nation's state legislatures would have to accept
it within seven years.
Regardless of what happens nationwide, Bensalem police said they are investigating
the incident as an act of simple vandalism. Anyone with information is asked to call 215-633-3700.
Vandals Burn American Flags At VFW Post
POSTED: 4:18 pm EDT June 13, 2006
UPDATED: 4:58 pm EDT June 13, 2006
A local VFW post is still shocked after vandals
burned the American flag right before Flag Day.
On Tuesday, volunteers replaced American flags
desecrated at a Bucks County VFW post.
The attack happened late Sunday at the Veterans
of Foreign Wars Post 9220 on Lavender Road in Bensalem, Pa.
"They desecrated the flag," said an irate Helen
On Monday morning, Murphy found American flags
burned at the post. The flags that once flew there honored prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action.
In their place, the words "Remember Satan"
were spray painted on a wall. Other graffiti was sprayed on a dumpster and an oil tank. A plastic trashcan was also torched.
This post has been here 50 years. Its commander,
Joe Amodei, served in the Korean War. He told NBC 10 this is the first time that vandals have struck.
Most of the spray-painted graffiti has been
cleaned up. And the small flags were replaced just in time for Flag Day on Wednesday.
Bensalem police ask anyone with information
to call (215) 633-3700.
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