Flag serves as ‘fixed reminder of the chance now we have right here’
La PINE, Ore. (KTVZ) — Jeremy Solito of La Pine mentioned that after he purchased his pizza oven in March, he shortly needed to change plans.
“Sadly, my complete enterprise operation calendar was tousled, as a result of I wished to do festivals, rodeos, issues like that,” Solito mentioned Sunday.
In October, he ended up securing a location in La Pine to make his wood-fired pizzas. And since then, he is the American flag he hoisted close to his enterprise was torn down and vandalized — not as soon as, however twice.
“So I’m discovering the flags — often the submit is damaged, the stand is ripped out of the tree,” Solito mentioned.
He is given the broken flags to the American Legion in La Pine to retire correctly.
“I assist out a youth group on Wednesday, in order that’s the day that we’re closed, and that’s often the day that it occurs,” he mentioned.
After the second time it occurred, Solito determined to not simply change the flag once more, however he additionally put up a second Stars and Stripes.
“My household got here right here from Ellis Island, and so we’re immigrants,” he mentioned. “We’ve began from the bottom up, they usually’ve served our nation, so it’s simply good.”
Solito mentioned he flies the flag as “a continuing reminder of the chance that now we have right here, and to achieve success and to start out one thing from the bottom up. So it’s simply disappointing, and disrespectful.”
In consequence, he is additionally elevated his safety measures: “I’ve two cameras up hidden, so folks don’t take these additionally.”
At this level, Solito mentioned he doesn’t have any strong leads.