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(OSO, Wash.) — When Sgt. Michael Cohan found an American flag lying in debris from the Snohomish County, Wash., mudslide, “he felt obliged to display it proudly,” the Washington National Guard tweeted.


SSgt. Michael Cohan finds an #AmericanFlag lying in the debris & felt obliged to display it proudly. #530slide pic.twitter.com/d7eHgCzaOm

— WA National Guard (@wa_natl_guard) April 1, 2014


After all, it was the rare poignant find in the search-and-rescue mission following the March 22 mudslide, which currently has a death toll of 28 with 20 victims still missing.

Because the flag is tattered and muddy, it isn’t fit to be flown, according to the flag portion of the U.S. Code. Instead, guardsman are flying a clean flag at half mast in the wreckage.


Maintaining morale & keeping hopes high amongst the devastation. A U.S. flag flies at half-staff amidst the #530slide pic.twitter.com/z2JmYjHwWA

— WA National Guard (@wa_natl_guard) April 1, 2014


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