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Reward Offered for Info on Stolen VFW Flags

by on October 19, 2015 12:41 PM

There's a strange sight today in State College.

The local Veterans of Foreign Wars post isn't flying some of its usual flags. But the empty flagpoles aren't due to a lack of patriotism or support for the military.

The flagpoles are bare because someone stole the banners that typically fly above VFW Post 321 on Barnard Street.

Police say the VFW reported the flags missing on Saturday morning at 9:00. Although the flags had been proudly flying in their usual spots on Friday evening, they were taken sometime overnight.

The American flag, as well as flags for the Army, Navy and Marines were all stolen. Another Stars and Stripes banner has been hung above the post, but two of the VFW's flagpoles are still empty.

The VFW is offering a $500 reward for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible. State College police can be reached at (814) 234-7150, and you can also submit an anonymous tip online.

Michael Martin Garrett is a reporter and editor for who covers local government, the courts, the arts and writes the Keeping the Faith column. He's a Penn State alumnus, a published poet and the bassist in a local indie rock band.
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