This is heart-wrenching! Howard Banks, a 92-year-old legally-blind veteran who fought in the battle of Iwo Jima as a young Marine, was assaulted in his own front yard as he tried to protect his American flag from vandals. Luckily, Banks suffered only minor injuries.
Police in Kaufman are looking for those who hurt a 92-year-old legally blind veteran while trying to vandalize his flags.
It happened last Tuesday in the 300 block of West Seago Street. The victim, Howard Banks, said he heard noises coming from near the flagpole in his front yard so he walked outside to find out what was going on.
“I try to salute my flag every morning,” he said. “I come out, hold on to my railing and salute my flag.”
Someone then pushed Banks from behind, causing him to fall to the ground. Others later found Banks on the ground, helped him up and called the police. Thankfully he suffered only minor injuries.
Banks says the vandals didn’t touch his U.S. Marine Corps flag but did toss his ‘God Bless All Police’ sign across the yard.
He told responding officers that his flags have been vandalized in the past. Someone reportedly cut them down, shredded the American flag and threw the U.S. Marine flag in the ditch, but he never reported the crimes.
He is legally blind so he was not able to provide a good description of the suspects. He said he heard more than one person running away.
Banks, who was 18 when he enlisted in the armed forces and fought in the battle of Iwo Jima during WWII, is extremely protective of the American flag.
“It’s the one thing I can cling to. Yet at my capacity, there’s not much I can do. But I can honor our flag.”
Hopefully, this neighborhood will rally around and protect this hero as he salutes our flag each morning.