Ed and Erin Turner felt like they had to do something when their elderly neighbor, Chuck Loughery, fell victim to late-night vandals.
Early Sunday morning, someone ripped out the five American flags Loughery, in his 80s, displays in front of his Dexter Street home.
"Chuck is a guy who wants no recognition. He's just a patriotic guy, and he loves to fly his flags," said Erin, a seven-year resident and mother of one. "I thought, let's go grab some flags of our own and show that Chuck means something to us."
Loughery—with his late wife Teresa, who grew up in the house—raised his six children on Dexter Street, in between fighting as a marine in the Pacific during World War II, serving as a Philadelphia Police officer and working security.
Though the Turners, both in education, are new to Manayunk compared to Loughery's legacy, the family has pride in its block, despite the occasional headaches. Erin said her car was broken into, had its mirror ripped off a few times and some Halloween pumpkins have gotten stolen. Still, the Turners love Manayunk.
"We wanted a neighborhood with a suburban feel but also with urban touches and also walkable," she said. "When we had our baby, people brought us food. People say hi. It's that neighborhood you hope for."
On Sunday Ed grabbed a cup of coffee on Loughery's porch and found out about the vandalism. Later, he discovered two of Chuck's flags stuck into gunk at the construction site along Manayunk Avenue.
Loughery quickly replaced the ensigns, but the situation seemed incomplete to the Turners.
They had doubts about filing police reports for a relatively minor incident but didn't want to pass this by. The idea struck them—do like Chuck and fly flags both for America and Manayunk.
"As I was driving home yesterday, I realized that Roxborough and Manayunk, more than a lot of neighborhoods, has a good deal of patriots. It seems crazy to me that flags would be a target of vandalism," she said.
"Ideally, the person(s) responsible would be found or would come forward, but that’s pretty unlikely. What might be nice, though, would be to encourage more folks around the Roxborough/Manayunk neighborhoods to also fly flags on the outside of their homes."
So at Roxborough-Manayunk Patch, we're encouraging you to fly an American flag in support of Chuck and in support of the neighborhood. Feel free to post pictures directly to this article or email firstname.lastname@example.org.