Six times vandals damaged the wooden soldier standing guard outside the Craig Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4265.
Six times Post Commander Bud Nelson has repaired it.
But this, he's never seen.
Nelson said he believes on Saturday night, someone lowered the American and POW/MIA flags off the VFW flag pole and took them.
"I don't know the reason behind it. I just know it's gone," he said. "I just don't understand."
The combined value of the two flags is $70, and the VFW is offering a reward for the return of or information about the missing flags. The amount has yet to be determined.
The American flag was a 3-by-5-foot, Carrot-top brand flag.
A little more than a week ago, the flags that had been flying all winter were replaced with new colors.
Nelson said he doubts the flags were taken because someone needs them or because it might have been raining.
The flags are waterproof and water does not damage them.
"If people want new flags, we will donate them," he said. "That's what we do. We're a not-for-profit."
Nelson said he recalls a time when the flags were lowered and strewn about the ground and on the Marcia Car.
City Park Cafe kitchen supervisor Carrie Harless said she doesn't understand why someone would steal the American flag.
"It's sad to think someone would steal a flag," she said. "They had to bring them down and take them off the flag pole."
Nelson said it's the principal that bothers him.
"It's just the idea," Nelson said.
John Henry can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 209, or email@example.com.