A single burnt and shriveled-up piece of an American flag sat in Marietta’s town square Tuesday.
“Just kind of disgusting,” said Marietta’s Glenn Orr.
“It’s way over the line,” said Cindy Eckman, also of Marietta.
Orr, a Borough employee, spent is afternoon sweeping up the remains.
“I’ll see if the Legion wants it, if they do anything with it or not,” said Orr.
Over the weekend, the American flag was pulled down, set on fire and left in ashes in the heart of the Lancaster County town.
“I just found it the next morning—I just got the phone call the flags were down, they needed to be put back up. They thought maybe the rope came loose, but when I got here it was on the ground burnt,” said Orr.
The Pennsylvania flag was unharmed, but the damage had been done.
The person behind it could face charges under PA law for flag-burning. Additionally, WGAL reports that arson charges could also be filed.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.