A former Marine and World War Two veteran was recently attacked after a group of thugs tried to tamper with his American flag.
According to reports, Howard Banks, who is legally blind, went outside on July 11 after he heard someone messing with his American flag.
When he went outside, he was pushed from behind and knocked to the ground.
“They could see me. I couldn’t see them,” Banks explained. “I turned and looked in the other direction, and about then – ‘wham!’ They knocked me down.”
Banks suffered a twisted knee and some soreness from the incident, but said, “I’m durable. I can take it.”
Conservative Tribune reports:
This wasn’t the first time that somebody has messed with Banks’ flag. About a year ago, someone ripped it down from the pole and shredded it, along with his Marine Corps flag.
KDFW reported that the Kaufman Police Department is searching for information regarding the would-be thief and vandal, though they admittedly have little to go on as Banks was unable to provide a description of the suspects.
“We are doing everything in our power to find the suspects that committed this cowardly assault and bring them to justice,” a spokesman for the Kaufman Police Department said. “This gentleman is a hero to our officers and the city’s residents should be extremely proud to have him as part of our community.”
But it was Banks response that was even better.
“It’s the one thing I can cling to,” Banks said of the flag. “Yet at my capacity, there’s not much I can do. But I can honor our flag.”
“If there’s any way to catch them and I was able to do so, I’d like to whoop them good with my crutch,” the aged vet added.
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