Historic flag stolen from Oak Park man's porch

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

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."

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Posted: April 21st, 2012 12:26 PM

It was foolish to think you could display such a priceless item OUTSIDE your home and NOT expect anyone to steal it. We live, work and play with Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves. Keep your precious items out of sight in Oak Park.

joe from south oak park  

Posted: April 18th, 2012 11:50 PM

hopefully you are speaking of the thug that stole the flag.

Tom the Beery Guy  

Posted: April 18th, 2012 7:39 AM

This is really unfortunate, I am going to stay away from South Elmwood, who knew it attracted such undesirables?

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