ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) - A community is banding together to find the people who stole a sentimental memorial family flag, right off a neighborhood flag pole.
It happened along a quiet street in Round Rock, home to the surviving family of a serviceman who died in combat two years ago. Leading the effort, is a marine veteran who heard about the prank theft in a notice from the local HOA.
"I never met them, but every time I walked by I would see the flag and I heard stories about the significance of the flag, said Ted Lester.
Like other neighbors, Lester learned the American flag that originally graced the pole on the Rivera's lawn, was presented to the family nearly two years after their son's death in Afghanistan.
The HOA even allowed them to erect a full flagpole on their lawn to display the symbol of his sacrifice. A local home builder pitched in the supplies and labor for the task.
At a rosary in October of 2011, Rivera was tearfully remembered as a soft spoken, gentle giant with a love of country.
"I thank the Lord he was part of my life, the brother I could never have, said Nick Carmona at the time.
Today, inside his parents' home, photos and a set of dog tags keep Rivera's memory alive.
Last week when someone stole the stars and stripes outside, Ted Lester was deeply offended.
"Essentially you have a wound that's two years-old and these guys come in and take the flag and they rip the wound back open," he said.
Putting that anger to positive use, Lester collected donations for new security cameras outside the Rivera home.
But his true goal is to get that family flag back, so it can again unfurl in the Round Rock sky along Saint Paul Rivera Lane - the street named after the fallen hero.
"Send it in the mail, just put the flag back, drop it off at the front step, no questions asked," Lester said.
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