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Weathered flag in Charleston, MO to be replaced

(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)
(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)
CHARLESTON, MO (KFVS) -

\An American flag is a symbol of freedom and hope for Americans. Soldiers fight for this flag for American's future. But what symbol does it represent when a flag weathers and falls apart?

The Casey's General Store posted on Facebook on Tuesday, Dec. 2 saying they have been working on getting the flag at the store in Charleston, Mo. replaced. They also thanked everyone who emailed and posted comments about the flag, and apologized for the delay in replacing it.

According to the store, they were able to lower the flag on Tuesday and say a new flag is on order. They hope to have it flying soon.

You can click here to visit the store's Facebook page.

In Charleston Mo., an American flag was blowing in the wind at the Casey's Convenience Store just off of I-57.

The flag was severely weathered to the point where sections were missing.

Residents of Charleston were furious about its condition and said it was disrespectful to keep it up there.

"You drive in the parking lot and it's like a slap in the face," said Elise Smith of Charleston.

Heartland News talked to dozens of people about this flag and they said they found it insulting and wanted it replaced.

A lot of people in Charleston said that the flag cable had a knot in it and it was unable to be taken down by pulling the cable.

We were told that the flag was severely weathered like this for several months at least.

Samuel Oatsvall, a veteran, said it needed to come down immediately and it was an insult for those that have died for our country.

"Someone who flies a flag like that to me, it shows no remorse to freedom, to what other people think about the flag," Oatsvall said.

Heartland News went inside Casey's and asked about the flag.

An employee said there were a ton of people disgusted with it. This employee said that they were working on getting the flag down and replacing it as soon as possible.

He said they tried a couple times, but could not find anyone able to reach up that high with their equipment.

Still, the community thought Casey's had an ample amount of time to find someone to take it down, and said they will remain upset until it is replaced.

"This isn't a torn flag, it's a demolished flag. It needs to be taken down and retired properly," Oatsvall said.

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