Tattered flag replaced after veterans call postal service

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NORTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY, MO (KTVI) - St. Louis veterans move swiftly when old glory is discovered tattered and torn flying over a U.S. government building.

This is what Paul Anderson saw Monday morning. A shredded American flag flying outside the U.S. Post office near Lilac and Interstate 270, it’s the branch that honors former Congressman Bill Clay.  Not only was the flag damaged it was tied to a nearby tree.

Anderson tells me he was left disabled by his service in Operation Desert Storm 25 years ago. He alerted other veterans, including Ed Doyle.

They contacted more veterans, and many of them called the post office downtown.

Within minutes of my interview with both men, a postal worker arrived to make things right. First removing the Old Star Spangled Banner and then replacing it with a new one.

A U.S. Post office spokeswoman says they are sorry, and that each postal branch should have a replacement flag always on hand. She says they do have a system in place to make sure this does not happen.

It appears their system is also failing at this branch on Airport Road near Interstate 170 where another Old Glory is worn and torn.

If you spot a tattered American flag at a government office or installation take a photo and sent it to us FOX2now.com.