An American flag displayed on Independence Day by a Marine veteran has been stolen – and the California resident is asking for help in finding it.
Each year, Mark Urias, of Vista, Calif., displays a flag that he said once belonged to his grandfather, but this year, someone stole the flag.
“Every year I post it here for the 4th of July,” Urias said, according to FOX 5 San Diego. “Never had a problem for the past ten years -- until this morning when I came to bring it down -- it was gone.”
Urias believes someone took the flag sometime Tuesday after a local fireworks show.
"This was my grandfather's flag from his coffin. It's an expressive flag that was sewn together," Urias reportedly wrote on Facebook. "My grandfather was a Army veteran, it was given to me by my grandmother and was the only thing I had left from him."
FOX 5 is encouraging anyone with information about the stolen flag to contact the station at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (858) 573-6500.