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Veteran finds burned American flag on greenway, wants answers
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(WBIR-Halls) A Vietnam veteran wants to know why someone burned an American flag and left it next to a North Knox County greenway.

"I'm proud of my American flag," David Effler said while showing 10News a charred flag, wrapped in a plastic bag. He said he plans to take it to a local VFW post for a proper disposal.

"This offends me. I fought for this," he added.

Federally there is no law when it comes to burning a flag because it's covered under the freedom of speech. In Tennessee, if caught burning an American flag, you could get fined for a misdemeanor.

The proper way to dispose a flag is to give the fabric to a veteran's group or Boy Scout pack, where they will cut the stars and blue from the white and red stripes. They will properly burn the material while they salute.

Effler wants to know why someone would do this.

"Fought for their freedom, to burn this flag. I'd like to talk to them," Effler said.


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