By Devin Rose
An American flag that once flew over a military installation in Kuwait City during the Gulf War was stolen from the front porch of an Oak Park veteran last weekend.
When Patrick Scanlan woke up on Saturday to grab the morning paper from his front porch in the 300 block of South Elmwood Avenue, the flag that he displays there was gone. Scanlan said in an email that he received the 5-by-9-foot garrison flag as a gift from another veteran.
Scanlan said garrison flags date back to the American Revolution, and were flown when Army officers wanted large flags so the British could see them from a distance. He said government approval is usually required to receive this type of flag.
"Shameful as this prank is, I can only hope that the thieves are aware of what they have," Scanlan's email said. Soldiers with family members stood watch over it in Kuwait City, he added, "soldiers who have died defending the flag, and all it represents."