Stolen Ground Zero flag returned to 9/11 hero’s family — with an apology

Conscience may not make cowards of us all, but a thief who learned that the flag he stole had flown over Ground Zero and been given to the sister of a fallen FDNY hero definitely let his second thoughts get the better of him.

The sacred stars and stripes that he pinched on Monday he returned to the rightful owner during the dark hours of Friday, accompanied by a handwritten note of apology, Fox News reported. The note read, “I am so sorry. I had no idea.”

Melissa Ielpi-Brengel from Huntington Station, Long Island had notified police on Tuesday that the flag that had been presented to her in honor of her fallen brother Joseph was missing. Then on Friday she announced to her Facebook friends, “Good news. It was outside the house when we woke up,” according to the New York Post.

“The flag means so much to me and my family and we are so happy and grateful that it was returned and we are able to display it again, although,” she said, “this time it will be put in a proper case and displayed in the house.”

Score one for conscience.

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