Watch Members Of The National Guard Recover Pieces Of An American Flag Burned In Ferguson

A protester burns an American flag outside the Ferguson Police Department Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.
AP Photo/Jeff Roberson

Last week, there were more members of the American military deployed to quell the violence in Ferguson, Missouri, than deployed to Iraq to defeat the Islamic State. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon upped the number of guardsmen in the St. Louis suburb to 2,200 due to protests resulting from a St. Louis County grand jury’s failure to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The situation in Ferguson has been the subject of intense attention. There have been constructive protests to express very real and very important tensions within the community.

There has also been senseless destruction, far too much of it that benefits no one. Businesses have been looted and burned, police cars set on fire. As part of that, video has surfaced of protesters burning an American flag. I believe that burning a flag as a part of protest is dumb, but it’s a first amendment right, and should not be banned. Protesters are and should be allowed to burn the flag. But understand that it’s really going to upset some people who care an awful lot for that flag.

To that end, some of the members of the Missouri National Guard went out in the street after the flag was burned seeking to recover the pieces of Old Glory. The soldiers were joined by St. Louis County police lieutenant Jerry Lohr, who was recently profiled by the New York Times for his ability to ease tensions and connect to the community.

Lohr is seen telling the protesters “Just so you guys know, the guards over here are looking for pieces of an American flag that got burned.”

The protesters seem affronted and ask why.

“Because it’s their flag,” Lohr responds.

These protesters don’t seem to like this answer.

“How is it their flag?” one asks. “Is it their property?”

“It’s a piece of cloth,” another says, mocking that they would care enough about it to retrieve it. “I appreciate you guys’ service, but it’s a piece of cloth.”

Those soldiers know it’s much more than that. Watch the exchange below.

T-38 Talon training aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Two airmen from Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma, were killed on Thursday when two T-38 Talon training aircraft crashed during training mission, according to a message posted on the base's Facebook age.

The two airmen's names are being withheld pending next of kin notification.

A total of four airmen were onboard the aircraft at the time of the incident, base officials had previously announced.

The medical conditions for the other two people involved in the crash was not immediately known.

An investigation will be launched to determine the cause of the crash.

Emergency responders from Vance Air Force Base are at the crash scene to treat casualties and help with recovery efforts.

Read the entire message below:

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Two Vance Air Force Base Airmen were killed in an aircraft mishap at approximately 9:10 a.m. today.

At the time of the accident, the aircraft were performing a training mission.

Vance emergency response personnel are on scene to treat casualties and assist in recovery efforts.

Names of the deceased will be withheld pending next of kin notification.

A safety investigation team will investigate the incident.

Additional details will be provided as information becomes available. #VanceUpdates.

This is a breaking news story. It will be updated as more information is released.

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