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Veteran discovers giant American flag in trash

 Plover (WAOW)- Imagine finding a giant American flag in the garbage, beaten up, torn, and dirty.

That's what happened to Al Tessmann, a veteran of the Iraq war.

Tessmann discovered the flag while unloading trash at a the Portage County Solid Waste Transfer Facility.

"To my surprise there was this flag amongst all of the garbage," said Tessmann.

Upset at the sight he rescued the flag that he once fought for.

"For me you know, it was like finding a fallen comrade," added Tessmann.

He brought it to the V.F.W. post in Plover.

"It was a little disheartening to see that a flag could be disregarded for what it was," said veteran Rick Stevens.

When other veterans saw the condition of the flag and heard about where Tessman found it, they were angry.

"They discredit our flag in other countries but to do it here in the United States is just sickening to me," said veteran Michael Zynda,

The flag is huge, about 40 feet long and 20 feet wide.

"This is not an ordinary flag, it's a Garrison flag which is a big flag," added Zynda.

Veterans in Plover plan to use it to educate others how to properly dispose of American flags.

"As a veteran and as a citizen I think we need to give respect where respects been earned and our flag is definitely one that's earned it," said Tessmann.

The veterans don't know where the flag came from, or who may have thrown it in the garbage.

Tessmann says he wants this "Old Glory" disposed of properly, which means there will be a special ceremony to burn it.



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