Patriotism in Action

By: Randy Yohe Email
By: Randy Yohe Email

It touches your heart when total strangers go out of their way to help a crime victim and that crime involves the American flag.

This is a follow up story, that all started in a little neighborhood on Flag Day, but the Fourth of July ending, is what the fight for independence was all about.

Keith Evans welcomed family, friends, total strangers and an honor guard to his Wurtland neighborhood front lawn for a 4th of July flag raising ceremony.

A few weeks ago, on Flag Day of all days, vandals hacked down the disabled Vietnam veteran’s beloved flag pole, hoping to steal the ball on top they mistakenly thought was made of valuable copper.

Randy Evans they could have taken anything, but when they cut his flag pole that really hurt.

Keith Evans, but so much good has come out of it I got new friends I never met before.

Less than a minute after the Flag Day story aired, the calls poured in an Olive Hill American Legion post wanted to give Mr. Evans a new American flag.

“I couldn't believe someone would be so low as to desecrate the flag, so I had to do what I could,” American Legion Post 138’s Curtis Crank said.

Proctorville, Ohio builder Jim Pine saw the Flag Day story and said he could build Mr. Evans a new strong flag pole.

“I saw it and it touched my heart and I knew I would replace his pole,” Pine said.

“It's amazing that after something evil, something so good could come out of it,” Keith Evans said.

Olive Hill American Legion Post 138 will take Mr. Evans’ old desecrated flag and burn it in a proper disposal ceremony.

Police said the investigation into who cut down the Evans flag pole is active and ongoing, and they're narrowing down local suspects.

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