American flags found in trash at South Bend City Cemetery

A number of American Flags were found in the trash, instead of next to their headstones as planned this weekend.

A South Bend man found them while walking through a cemetery with his wife.

The South Bend City Cemetery is the city's oldest cemetery, founded in 1832.

It's home to some of the city's founders, local historians and many Studebaker family members.

This weekend Donald Sappington and his wife found a few dozen or so small American flags in the trash. Some of them were also discarded and in the roadway.

The parks department says it's an act of vandalism and the flags were put out by the VFW on the Fourth of July.

“This time we just happened to take in the city cemetery and Mary she was looking at the tour guides they have and that… I would imagine that would be one of the areas they would avoid if they brought a tour through here,” says Sappington.

The VFW will collect the flags and put them all back out during future patriotic holidays.

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