Memorial Day humbug: Flags stolen from LA National Cemetery

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Department of Veterans Affairs Police are continuing to investigate the theft of several flags from the Los Angeles National Cemetery over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Photo credit VA.gov

Department of Veterans Affairs Police are continuing to investigate the theft of several flags from the Los Angeles National Cemetery over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Les Melynk, a spokesperson with the VA National Cemetery Administration, told Connecting Vets that the thefts occurred between the time the cemetery closed its gates on Sunday, May 30 at 5 p.m. and when staff and volunteers arrived at 8 a.m. on Memorial Day.

“The large garrison flag that flies from the main flagpole, as well as 20 smaller U.S. flags and one state flag that lined the cemetery’s avenue of flags were all stolen,” he said.

The garrison flag measures 25 feet by 30 feet. The cemetery dates back to the late 1800s

Reach Julia LeDoux at Julia@connectingvets.com.

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