TROY - VFW Post 8675 Commander John Herrington and other veterans were shocked recently when they found one of many flags on display in downtown Troy missing.

Herrington, who was in uniform and attending the Troy Intermediate School 2012 Veterans Day Program Monday in Troy, said they suspect that someone took the flag Sunday from its bracket on the lightpole in front of the new parking lot in downtown Troy on Canton Street.

Each of the lightpoles were decorated with two flags for Veterans Day. Only one flag remained on this particular lightpole Monday.

He said it couldn't have come out of the bracket or blown away, noting it was sturdily fastened. Herrington said he plans to file a report with police.

"The veteran volunteers put these flags up on the holidays," he said. "I'd say it's an insult to them, to the community as a whole."

"I certainly question the character of the individual who felt compelled to take the flag, and we'd like it back," he continued.

He noted that five veterans put at least 30 flags up in the downtown on patriotic holidays.

"Now, we've got one less," he said.

He said the fact that "the flag was stolen on Veterans Day was the icing on the cake for us."

Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: