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Vandals burn American flag, dealership to raise it again

Posted: 5:49 AM, Nov 08, 2017
Updated: 2017-11-11 19:37:22Z

The Tucson Police Department is still searching for the people responsible for burning an American flag at the Quebedeaux Mitsubishi dealership on Speedway.

The manager says they have received hundreds of offers to donate money or flags to the dealership.

The community support has been tremendous. The manager said in a Facebook post that the dealership has a replacement flag and is hoping to have the pole repaired and the flag raised by Veterans Day this Saturday.

They are planning the relaunch of "Old Glory," the massive 25 x 40-foot American flag at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi (3434 East Speedway Blvd., 85716) on Veterans Day at 9:30 a.m.

The entire community is invited to the event, especially any and all veterans.

The dealership has flown the flag for decades. It was burned Friday. The manager posted on Facebook that the vandals used their tools, cranked the flag down, and put it on fire. 

"Old Glory" has become such an icon in the community that planes at air shows reportedly dip their wings in respect.

Meanwhile, the Tucson Fire Department tells us the case has been forwarded to arson investigators. The crime is considered a misdemeanor. 

Anyone with information is asked to call 88-CRIME.