- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Tampa firefighters starting their shifts on Memorial Day found six American flags on poles in a trash bin behind their station.

The Tampa Bay Times (https://bit.ly/1KwR6mv ) reports most of the flags were full of holes and covered in paint and other debris.

Capt. Tom Meid says they decided to clean the flags with soap, water and elbow grease and display them outside the station, which is near MacDill Air Force Base.

They quickly determined that two were too damaged to be displayed. So they’ll be given to the American Legion for proper disposal.

Meid says the flag poles were bent at the bottom as if they’d been ripped from the ground. He says if a business owner is missing flags, they will be returned.

He calls the incident “pretty disrespectful.”

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