This article by Derek Carson originally appeared Monday in the Bennington Banner.
BENNINGTON — When someone stole a flag from a County Street home on Friday, they had little idea of how significant their actions were.
The flag belonged to Mary Gerren, 85, who flew it in memory of her son, Thomas, an eight-year veteran of the U.S. Army who passed away in 1997. The thieves took the flag and pole, leaving behind only the empty bracket in which it had sat, day and night, for years.
“I’ve never been so sick in my life,” Gerren said. “Why would anyone do something like this?”
Friday night, not far from where the flag was stolen, Mount Anthony Union High School was celebrating its homecoming football game. Gerren, whose husband has also passed, has long been a supporter of Bennington youth sports. “If I walked through that high school today, there is hardly a coach who wouldn’t know me,” she said. “I didn’t do anything to deserve this.”
After graduating from Mount Anthony, Thomas Gerren joined the Army and shipped out twice to Germany, said his mother. After he died, and her mobility gradually declined, she would sit inside her home, look at the flag, and remember him.
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