PERRYVILLE - It wasn't the way Arthur Crain wanted to observe Flag Day.
The World War II veteran rather would have been admiring Old Glory waving in the breeze along Perryville's streets. Instead, Crain spent Monday morning repairing and replacing flags that recently had been damaged by vandals or taken from along U.S. 150 near downtown.
"These flags mean a lot to me because I know the sacrifices it's taken to keep them flying," said Crain, 79, who fought at the invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. "You don't know how bad this hurts veterans."
Crain is a member of American Legion Battlefield Post 301, which donated and has long maintained about 80 American flags that fly along main Perryville thoroughfares during holidays and special events. The flags, attached to wooden staffs, are affixed to receptacles placed in the city's sidewalks in the 1950s, Crain said.