They found the discarded and destroyed American flags at about 1 a.m. Sunday, an hour into the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Some of the flags had been crushed or snapped in two. Others had been tossed into nearby garbage cans; so many of them had been trashed that they spilled onto the pavement.
“Not one was left in the ground,” according to the Occidental College Republican Club, whose members organized the 9/11 display, then made the alarming discovery on Sunday. “Not only did they destroy the memorial, they put posters and fliers up that shamed the victims of 9/11.”