Texas police are on the hunt after a legally blind World World II veteran was attacked outside of his home as he tried to protect his American flag, as reported by CBS DFW.
Howard Banks, 92, was injured during the attack, suffering numerous bumps, bruises and a twisted knee, according to investigators.
It all started when Banks heard someone outside of his home trying to take his flag down from the pole. He went to stop them and that’s when the unknown assailant pushed him to the ground. The assaulter continued lowering the flag from its perch even after the attack.
“They could see me. I couldn’t see them,” he said. “I turned and looked in the other direction, and about then – ‘wham!’ They knocked me down.”
Neighbors rushed to help the 92-year-old, helping him off the ground as the suspect ran off.
Disturbingly, this isn’t even the first time that the war hero’s flags have been a target for criminal activity.
Someone shredded his American flag and ripped his Marine flag last year, according to ABC13.
These crimes will not dissuade the Marine gunner from proudly displaying his patriotic banners, however.
“The flag was our identity. We were Americans,” he said. “The fact that I’m getting older, and the less I can do… at least I can still do that.”
The assailant never spoke, so Banks does not know if his attacker was male or female. His family, neighbors and police have all pledged to keep an eye on the veteran and his flags.
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