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Putnam Men Charged With Burning American Flags

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WAHIAWA, HI - DECEMBER 06:  United States flags are displayed for distribution on a table as Soldiers of the 25th Infantry Division are greeted by family, friends and loved ones at the Second 25th Infantry Division Redeployment Ceremony at Wheeler Gulch, Wheeler Army Airfield on December 6, 2011 in Wahiawa, Hawaii. U.S. forces are withdrawing from Iraq after an eight year presence in the country. Communities in Hawaii are welcoming soldiers home after serving in Iraq while preparing tomorrow to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.  (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)

WAHIAWA, HI – DECEMBER 06: United States flags are displayed for distribution on a table as Soldiers of the 25th Infantry Division are greeted by family, friends and loved ones at the Second 25th Infantry Division Redeployment Ceremony at Wheeler Gulch, Wheeler Army Airfield on December 6, 2011 in Wahiawa, Hawaii. U.S. forces are withdrawing from Iraq after an eight year presence in the country. Communities in Hawaii are welcoming soldiers home after serving in Iraq while preparing tomorrow to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)

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PUTNAM, Conn. (AP) _ Police have charged two 18-year-old Putnam men with burning several small American flags placed near a monument at Veterans Memorial Park.
Police say John Frazier and Gage Morin gathered the flags near the stone monument Saturday and set them on fire.

The park is adjacent to the town police station.

Alan Joslin, a member of the Putnam American Legion Color Guard, tells the Norwich  the flags are placed at the monument by the Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He says he was appalled by the vandalism.

The teens face several charges including interference with a war or veterans memorial or monument. They are due in Danielson Superior Court on Aug. 7.
AP-WF-07-30-13

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