Thirteen American flags and one Marine Corps flag were displayed on the fence of the Ivy Street overpass in memoriam of the 13 fallen heros killed in a bombing outside the airport in Kabul on August 26, sometime Monday, the flags were vandalized.
A statement by the Riverside Police Department said that there were no suspects at this time and went on to thank those that reported the incident and the 2 citizens that helped take the flags down.
“Recently, after the deaths of 13 U.S. Service Members killed in Afghanistan, 13 American Flags and 1 Marine Corp. flag were placed on the fence to the Ivy Street overpass to the 91 Freeway in Riverdale as a memorial. Sometime yesterday, an observant citizen noticed the flags appeared to be damaged and it was reported to the police.
At this point, we don’t have any suspect description but it’s obvious the flags were intentionally damaged. If you have any information as to who vandalized these flags placed on this freeway overpass to honor the 13 Fallen Service Members, please contact our Property Crimes Unit at (951-353-7955).
We want to thank the group “What is Going on in Riverside County” for bringing this crime to our attention. With help from two citizens, the flags were carefully removed and will be turned over later today to local Boy Scout Troop703 for proper retirement.”
Eleven Marines, one Navy Sailor, and one Army Soldier were killed in the bombing, 18 other service members were injured. The attack claimed the lives of more than 160 Afghans as well.
Ten of the victims—nine Marines and a Navy corpsman–were based out of California’s Camp Pendleton.