- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—PASCAGOULA — U.S. Army veteran Robert L. Comans woke up Monday morning to find the Mississippi state flag he displays outside his home burned in his driveway, with “blacks rule” spray painted just below it.

“I feel violated,” said the 85-year-old who served in the Korean War and calls Pascagoula home. “This is the state of Mississippi’s flag, the one that the voters approved. This is not a Confederate flag.”

Comans reported the incident to the Pascagoula Police Department not long after his daughter woke him Monday morning to show him what she’d first discovered around 7 a.m.

Pascagoula police Capt. Shannon Massey confirmed police officers are investigating the incident as a malicious mischief.

Comans said the flag had to have been burned some time between 11:30 p.m. Sunday and 7 a.m. Monday.

Despite controversy over the state’s flag and calls from community leaders to have it replaced, Comans says it’s important for him to fly the state flag “because of the fact that I’m retired from the service.”

Comans said one of his daughters has a Mississippi flag she plans to give him to replace the one that’s burned.

“I’ll probably have it back up tomorrow,” he said.


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