The vandalism of the American flags lining the Main Street Bridge in downtown Kent is a disgraceful act. We can't begin to imagine why anyone would engage in such desecration of our national symbol.
The flags are put up each year after Memorial Day and provide a colorful display of patriotism. Ten of them are fastened to holders on both sides of the bridge.
The banners vanished about a week after they were put up this year. They were torn from their poles and presumably tossed into the Cuyahoga River. City officials said none were recovered.
They have not been replaced. The city is weighing security options, including a camera to monitor the bridge area to deter further vandalism.
It's a sad state of affairs when a security camera is needed to enable the American flag to fly freely, but if that's what's needed, the city ought to proceed with installing one.