Police replace American flag stolen from WWII veteran’s widow

Posted at 5:52 PM, May 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-07 17:52:47-04

GREEN BAY, Wisc. — A group of Green Bay police officers took it upon themselves to replace an American flag for a widow meant to honor her husband’s memory after learning it had been stolen from the front of her home.

The woman had hung the flag as a tribute to her husband, a World War II veteran who recently died, according to a post on the Green Bay Police Department’s Facebook page.

After learning about the theft, Officer Rob Ecke purchased a new flag for the woman, the post said. Ecke and other officers placed the new flag at the woman’s home on Friday.

A Facebook user who identified herself as the woman’s granddaughter thanked the department for helping her grandmother.

It “is greatly appreciated. My grandpa was a great man and the flag is a way she honors him,” Susan Llamera wrote. “And for the one that stole the flag shame on you to do this.”

The post received more than 20,000 likes within the first 24 hours and has shared thousands of times.