PARADISE, Calif. - It's a crime that's hard for so many Americans to fathom, yet here in the North State someone vandalized the Paradise cemetery after flags were placed on veterans graves this weekend.
"Three times a year they put flags on the Skyway for parade of flags to honor veterans and it's been going on since 1999," said President of Paradise Parade of Flags Michael Zuccallillo.
Many people have also put flags on veterans' graves at the Paradise cemetery, a place where more than 2,000 veterans are buried.
"I can't think of anything that's lower than vandalizing the flags of dead veterans on Memorial Day, it just tears at me man," he said.
He says at least one of the flags has been located. Monday morning someone called him saying that a flag showed up at the Dollar Tree, but they later realized it was stolen from someone else.
James Holmes was out at the cemetery this weekend. He says veterans don't complain and they don't cry, they just push forward with their duty, and they're they reason we're all free to speak our minds.
"It irritates them; it bothers them. But they do what it takes to make sure other veterans don't see that," he said.
He says it's devastating to see a flag in this state.
"This isn't a flag off of a WWII ship, no this is a flag that went through the battle of flying through our cemetery in memorial on Memorial Day."
He's hoping to find the people who did this, and there is a reward of more than $1,000 dollars.
A reward that sends a message that a simple act of vandalism like this has a much deeper meaning - the ultimate sign of disrespect to those who've died serving their country.
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