An Aurora woman claims the American Flag waving in front of her home was stolen on Veterans Day of all days.

Rose Schloesser says she walked outside to unfurrow the flag she’s had since she was 17 when she noticed it was gone.

“They stole my spirit or they tried to,” Schloesser said.

It’s a flag her brother, father, father-in-law, brother-in-law and son have all devoted their lives to defending.

“It's just disgusting,” she said. “Why a flag? Why now when we're going through so much pain in our own county? When we sing the National Anthem I start crying. It's beautiful. I mean where else would you want to be in the world? How lucky we are to have been born here.”

Schloesser quickly replaced the flag she currently has waving in the same spot: A continuation of the promise she made to herself when she was a 17.

“When I was in high school my boyfriend enlisted in the Marines and went to Vietnam,” she said. “And when he left I bought flags, and ever since then I've had a flag in my house or outside my house every day. It's out every day."

Schloesser and police think the flag may have been taken by a kid who wanted to grab something patriotic as they headed to school.

“I like the reminders of when I get up every morning I remember where I am: I am in the United States of America,” she said.

Schloesser says she and her son plan on bolting her newest flag to her home.

Police haven't found the thieves yet.