Last Thursday our house in downtown Grand Rapids was vandalized. The focus of the vandalism was the U.S. flag we had mounted on a staff on our front porch. It was forcibly torn loose of the column it was mounted upon and trampled into the ground. No other flags flying in the neighborhood were attacked, so it appears ours merited special attention. This is the second time in the past year we have had this happen to a flag of ours. Both times were in the aftermath of articles posted here that were critical of the failures of the Grand Rapids public schools.
Probably only an odd coincidence, though our house is only a block away from Central High School and I have noticed an increasing contempt by some of the students there for private property. Fortunately only petty stuff: Throwing garbage and trash onto our lawn, trampling and pulling up flowers, walking through our yard, etc. Obnoxious nevertheless. Even more odd is that the vandalism of our flag occurred as we were flying it at half-staff for the Ford funeral. Makes one wonders about what sort of dead-ender works up a rage like that at a symbol of respect.