Flags stolen from graves of veterans in Yorktown replaced with full honors

Posted at 4:07 PM, Aug 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-08 16:20:56-04

YORKTOWN, Va. - The York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office is looking for whoever took 12 flags from the graves of veterans in Yorktown.

According to the Sheriff's Office, United States flags were taken from the graves at Grace Episcopal Church during the night of August 5 or early morning hours of August 6.

Al Crane has taken care of the flags at the cemetery for the past 10 years. He's a Vietnam Veteran whose father and father-in-law are both buried in the cemetery.

He and others make sure American flags mark the graves of more than 80 veterans in the cemetery year-round.

Crane noticed the 12 flags were missing on Saturday morning. Within 24 hours, the flags had been replaced with full honors with help from the local VFW.

"With the outpouring of support from the Sheriff's Department, the VFW post, the community and the parishioners of the church, I think things have healed and we can move on," Crane told News 3's Todd Corillo.

Connie Jones, Associate Rector at Grace Episcopal Church, tells News 3 the act of vandalism will not deter the church keeping the cemetery open to the public.

If you have any information that could help investigators, contact the Sheriff's Office at 757-890-4999 or call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.