Officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery Administration confirmed Monday, that a large American flag and a number of smaller flags were stolen from a Southern California veterans cemetery over Memorial Day weekend.
Les’ Melnyk, a spokesperson for the VA’s National Cemetery Administration, said the garrison flag at Los Angeles National Cemetery was reported stolen at some point late Sunday or early Monday, according to the Associated Press.
Melnyk said that the gates of the cemetery were closed during the crime.
Melnyk added that Veterans Affairs police are looking into the incident involving the massive flag, which is 25 feet by 30 feet.
The theft “cannot detract in the slightest way from the honor and respect we pay on this Memorial Day to those servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation,” Melnyk said.
Rebekah Adams, who volunteers at the Los Angeles National Cemetery Support Foundation, said it would be hard to take the flag from its position since