ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Police are trying to determine who removed an American flag from its pole at the Daniel Boone Council Boy Scout Headquarters in Asheville and burned it, according to WLOS.
The 20-by-40-foot flag was torched sometime late Thursday night or early Friday morning.
“They burned the rope to get the flag down. Once the flag was down, they burned that to almost nothing,” said Joshua Christ, a scout executive with the Daniel Boone Council.
The only remnants of the flag were two red stripes and one white one, which only measure about 3-feet-by-4-feet.
Boy Scout executives told WLOS that what happened outside of their headquarters is disrespectful to the country and the scouting tradition.
“I’m a veteran, so this was painful when I saw this, and I’m sure other veterans out there feel the same way,” said council president Richard Hurley.
Many people within the community have offered monetary support to help replace the $600 flag.
According to WLOS, the Boy Scouts hope to have a new flag up by Tuesday.
Anyone with information about who may have burned the old one is asked to contact Crime Stoppers.