When flags representing Mexico, South Korea, eco-justice and gays and lesbians were stolen from St. Luke’s of the Mountains Episcopal Church — leaving just the American flag standing — the message was conspicuous and unwanted.
So on Sunday, as community leaders gathered to reinstall the flags after weeks of fundraising, the message to the perpetrators was just as clear: “You brought the community back together again,” one said.
Speaking to the crowd during the dedication on Sunday, church Vicar Bryan Jones said his congregation offered up donations to replace the flags the day after the flags were stolen on May 19.
“They left one flag standing and that was an American flag,” Jones said. “They were making some sort of statement about what kind of community we should be.”
But Arick Gevorkian — manager of the La Crescenta Armenian Community and Youth Center — told the crowd that the theft ended up having the opposite effect.