Stars and stripes waving in the air. It's the expected sight when you pass a flag pole on a breezy winter day.

"You're respecting your veterans that way," said Harry J. Wynn III, 30th district judge advocate for the American Legion.

But that's not what you see right now in Towamensing Township. Instead, the prominent American flag which hangs on a cell tower outside the volunteer fire company is ripped and tattered, tied up and twisted around its pole.

"The flag has been in disrepair for quite some time. Trying to get a hold of the tower owner seems to be the issue," said Towamensing Township supervisor, John Kleintop.

It's a displeasing sight to the entire community and to local veterans.

"We don't want them to be dishonored when they look up there and see a ripped flag. It's like a slap in the face, you don't want that," said Wynn.

Township supervisors and fire company members have been fielding calls from upset residents over the last few days, but they say there's nothing they can do.

Because the flag is on a cell tower, it's the responsibility of the tower's owner to replace it.

"Fortunately I think as of today we've gotten a response that they've acknowledged us but we don't have a repair date," said Kleintop.

This is not the first time Towamensing Township has had this issue with the flag.

"It's happened many times already that we've had to plead with the owner of the tower to get things resolved," said Kleintop.

Supervisors are asking community members to also contact the company. They're hoping more pressure from residents will lead to a quicker repair.

"The more people that call to try to show the concern the community has, that would certainly help us, would help the fire company, would help the township," said Kleintop.

You can contact the tower's owner, Crown Castle, about the flag at the following phone number: 1-800-788-7011. You should reference site #844637.