By Patrick Yost
On two occasions, investigators believe, both the United States Flag at the American Legion Memorial flag pole and a Confederate States flag at a Sons of the Confederacy Memorial were desecrated.
According to Madison Police Department reports, on July 26 someone removed the Confederate flag, partially burned it and left it lying on the ground in the Old Madison Cemetery.
According to Madison Code Enforcement Officer Phillip Malcom, on July 30 he observed that someone had removed the American flag from the American Legion flag pole in the cemetery, spray-painted an “X” with red spray paint across the flag and then the perpetrators hung the flag back on the flag pole upside down.
Malcolm said there was also an “anarchist” symbol spray painted on a stop sign in the cemetery.
Jim Nesmith, commander, American Legion Calvin George Post, said the city told him they were going to use the opportunity to re-paint the pole before it replaced the flag. Malcolm said he is keeping both the burned Confederate flag and painted American flag as evidence and hopes to generate leads to prosecute suspects.
NeSmith said the incident was regrettable. “The you do something like that, that’s wrong to do,” he said. “A lot of people died for that flag.”
“We’ve done so much in the U.S. to keep it free.”
Malcolm said anyone with information regarding the incidents should contact the Madison Police Department at 706 342 1275.