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New flags are flying at Pine Grove Elementary in Lowndes County after an airman replaced them. The previous flags were torn up and the airmen says it was disrespectful to our country to have them flying. 

Tech Sgt. John Holliday took down the town flags from his daughter's school. He says school officials told him they'd put in a work order to get the flags replaced, but when two weeks passed Holliday took the matter into his own hands. 

He replaced the American flag with the flag he's carried overseas on his multiple tours of duty, as well as the Georgia state flag. 

"When I see a flag that no one's taken care of, that becomes my flag. I take it upon myself. I've changed strangers flags who I have no idea, I'll go and change their flag. Its just disrespectful, it hurts me. To me I cherish that symbol of freedom," he says.

Holliday will retire from the Air Force today.

He plans to properly retire the tattered flags soon with a burning ceremony.

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