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Juvenile charged with stealing soldier memorial flags

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LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (AP) - Authorities in central Kentucky say they've found the thief who stole American flags from a memorial to Kentucky soldiers killed in the Persian Gulf.

A volunteer who helps maintain the Healing Field in Anderson County said the sheriff's office found that a 14-year-old boy stole the flags in late September. The memorial flies 103 flags, one for each military service member from Kentucky killed in the wars. Three were noticed missing last month in two incidents.

Pam Rice, who helps maintain the memorial told WKYT-TV in Lexington she is glad the offender was a juvenile because he can perhaps learn about patriotism through what he did.

Rice said the issue isn't the flags, but the lives of those they honor.

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