It’s simply in the DNA of some Americans to never give up, never surrender no matter the circumstances.
Howard Banks is one such American.
Despite being 92-years-old and legally blind, this World War II veteran wasn’t about to let a gang of local thugs vandalize his American flag.
A neighbor who witnessed the incident posted to Facebook:
I try to refrain from posting anger. However, I feel like posting a tribute to Mr. Howard Banks in Kaufman, Texas. Mr. Banks flies his U.S. Flag on the pole in his yard every day. He said, “I salute that flag every morning.” Well, it seems some thugs decided to vandalize his flag… After hearing the creeps making a noise near his flag, he walked outside but was slugged-from-behind by one of them, sending him to the ground. They managed to escape after vandalizing the flag. …I just want to send a verbal salute out to Mr. Howard Banks. God bless you, Sir.
Police officers who responded to the scene also praised Banks, and vowed to hunt down the punks who assaulted him.
The Kaufman Police Department responded to the incident stating, “We are doing everything in our power to find the suspects that committed this cowardly assault and bring them to justice.”
They praised the veteran as an American hero who joined the Marine Corps at the age of 18 to fight in the war against Japan. He survived battles in Iwo Jima and other Pacific Theater locations.
This gentleman is a hero to our officers and the city’s residents should be extremely proud to have him as part of our community,” police officials stated, according to a report by the Daily Mail.
As for the bumps and bruises Banks received from the attack, this hero only replied: “I am durable. I can take it.”