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      Flag burning incident in Hannibal strikes a nerve

      The flag that was burned was located on top of Lover's Leap.

      A flag burning incident in Hannibal has struck a nerve with many residents.

      The flag that was burned was located on top of Lover's Leap.

      The incident happened during the overnight hours of Monday and the remains were discovered Tuesday morning.

      Hannibal Mayor Roy Hark said he was disgusted when he heard about the incident.

      He said being a veteran, it hit close to home as he remembers those men and women who have served in the military and died overseas.

      "They died defending this flag, because it's the symbol of our country. And then for someone to be so despicable as to burn it, is beyond my realm of understanding," Hark said.

      The flag was erected in 2002 to honor those people who were killed in the 9/11 attacks. Hannibal Police Chief Lyndell Davis said this incident hits his department too, because many of his officers are veterans as well.

      "But his was such a senseless act, you could have though that somebody would have come to their senses as to what they we're doing, plus this took some effort. I can assure you, any information will be thoroughly investigated and we'll be more than happy to take someone into custody that might be involved in this," Davis said.

      Andy Dorian is the director of the Hannibal Parks and Rec Department. He said they've entertained the idea of closing off the area at night, but he says that would prevent the police department from patrolling the area and vandals could still get to the area on foot and could cause even more damage.

      Police are asking that if you have any information about this case that could help them catch the person or person's responsible you're asked to call the department at 573-221-0987 or you can register a tip through their website at www.hannibalpd.com.