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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Memorial Day is a day to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom but a New Hanover County neighborhood is still recovering from a Memorial Day tragedy after vandals set fire to American flags. One home even caught fire as a result.

Despite the scare Brent Williams continues to fly an American flag in front of his home which was the one damaged in the flag burnings. Williams was not home at the time of the fire; he was out of town on Monday enjoying Memorial Day with his family.

“Any day of the week,” said Williams. “But particularly on Memorial Day when you’re remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country, for our flag. For someone to actually do that on that day cuts you a little bit deeper.”

The flag burning hits close to home for Williams since his father and both his brothers are United States Marines. He says his brothers were greatly disappointed.

“Pretty upset some very colorful words were said when I told them what had happened,” said Williams.

A neighbor gave Williams another American flag to fly after the fire but he is no stranger to bumps in the road. Williams was one of the workers let go by Wells Fargo/Wachovia a couple of months ago.

“Two months ago Wells Fargo formally Wachovia shut down our mortgage building in Mayfaire. Almost 300 hundred of us in one day lost our jobs.”

Despite all the hardships, Williams is confident that his situation will get better. He says the best news he can get is that the person who set the flags on fire has been caught.

“If you can’t respect and honor the American flag then what type of person are you, what type of American are you,” said Williams.

He said in total four flags were burnt in his neighborhood, two of them American flags. Investigators are asking the public for help with the case, if you have any information you can call the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.

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