NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (UPI) — A World War II veteran in Staten Island, N.Y., is outraged after returning from a baseball game to find his American flag burned.
Harold Bernstein, 85, a Marine who fought at Okinawa in 1945, told WINS radio he discovered the vandalism last week, the morning after he went to a Staten Island Yankees minor league game.
“They don’t know how fortunate they are to live in a country like we live in where we got freedom of speech, freedom of everything,” he said. “I fought hard for that flag. I’m sad, what can I tell you? Words can’t explain my feelings.”
Bernstein promises to keep the charred flag hanging in front of his home until the culprit is caught.
Other flags on his block in the area were not damaged.
Days before July 4, several residents in nearby Roselle Park, N.J., awoke to find their American flags burned.