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After honoring Sept. 11, residents of the Lake Meade gated community awoke the next day to find one of their American flags in pieces on the ground, burned beyond repair.
The flag, located just outside the community gates, had flown at half-staff during the day on Sept. 11, and was raised at sunset.
Between dusk of that night and about 5 a.m. Friday, someone lowered the flag, set it on fire and raised it while it was lit,according to Reading Township police officer William Ceravola, who responded to the call. Police are still investigating the incident, he said.
Some residents were not aware Friday that the incident had taken place, but others expressed outrage at the act.
“I think whoever did it, they’re a coward, and it’s unspeakable,” said resident Kristine Huff, who has lived in the community for seven years.
Huff works in the community’s guardhouse and said she heard about the incident from a coworker when she went to pick up her paycheck Friday morning.
“It’s just a shame and I can’t believe someone would have that audacity,” she said. “If they think they’re making a statement, they’re even stupider. They probably did it after midnight, so it would have made it Sept. 12.”