Neighbors upset about tattered American flag

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX -- It's a day when Americans proudly fly their flags to honor the sacrifices of our service men and women, but on this Memorial Day one flag is attracting controversy.

It flies above the Village Centre strip mall on Dunlap Avenue near 19th avenue, but it is in tatters.

The flag is ripped into multiple pieces and is faded, and people in the neighborhood say no one is doing anything about it.

"It's a disgrace, they should take it down," said Chris Thurston, who was eating dinner at a restaurant in the shopping center.

"It's disrespect to the country and the nation, no sign of pride," said Noah Rose, an Iraq war veteran.

Tom Philp is a former Marine who owns the SteakenBurger restaurant that shares a parking lot with Village Centre.

"It looks like it's been in a war, and obviously it hasn't been. Here, we should be respecting the flag appropriately," Philp said.

Philp said he's tried multiple times to contact Grubb Ellis, the strip mall's leasing agent, but says no one has gotten back to him.

"That's the biggest frustration, that nothing is being done about it," he said.

According to the Maricopa County Assesor's website, the property belongs to the City of Phoenix.

No one at the City's real estate department was available to comment because of the holiday.