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BOSTON (CBS) – The weekend vandalism just outside the Polish American Citizens Club in Boston was aggressive.

“Why would anyone want to come and attack an American flag?” It’s very disheartening for me, ”said Stasia Kacprzak.

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On Saturday afternoon, a man slammed the Pulaski Park flag pole to the ground. He tore up the American flag and took off.

“I was incredulous. I was standing by my car and literally shaking, ”Kacprzak said.

An American flag was stolen from Pulaski Park (WBZ-TV)

“It was shocking, it was upsetting, and it was really quite sad actually,” said Peter Dziedzic.

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It all feels so personal to the club, especially because some of the bricks are engraved with the names of members and friends who have helped make this place beautiful; some of them even died.

“It’s like sacred here. We follow the flowers every day because flowers are the best medicine for everyone. Very emotional these past two days. Very hard for me. Very hard, ”added Stasia.

The club shared their surveillance footage with the police, and now they are raising money to make repairs. They even expressed their forgiveness for the suspect… nothing could damage their deep pride in their culture and history.

“This building has been there for 82 years and this organization for about 90 years. We feel obligated to make sure it is still 80 years old. We are really very proud of it, ”said Dziedzic.

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If you would like to donate for repairs, you can do so through this GoFundMe page. Be sure to indicate in the notes that this is Pulaski Park.