Woman gives new Confederate flag to Gatlinburg man after his was burned

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PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Les Goodin flies a new Confederate flag from the back of his Harley after a stranger went out of her way to give it to him.

Goodin had his old flag torn from his bike and burned by vandals last weekend in Gatlinburg.

Kathy Leffingwell, who happened to be passing by, saw the whole thing and snapped some pictures.

"I didn't know to be mad or to be hurt," Goodin says.

Almost a week later he's still not over it. As a veteran, he flies the flag to honor those who fought in the civil war.

"I can't let it go because it's time for this racism stuff to end," he says.

Leffingwell followed the suspects until cops showed up to arrest them that night.

But she wanted to do more.

"I just felt like it was the right thing to do," she says.

She had no idea who the burned flag belonged to, until she saw Goodin interviewed about it on Local 8 News. She arraigned to meet up at Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge to formally present him with a new flag.

"It's one that we have had for a very long time, it's flown at our house, it's flown in the rallies that we have rode in here in Sevier County. It had some meaning to it," she says.

It was an emotional event for Goodin.

"Words can't express the feeling," he says.

He says he'll treasure this flag much more than one bought from a store.

"For someone to give me a flag that they have been flying for the season reason that I have. To honor our heroes," he says.

And that's something he'll continue to do. He says he'll keep flying this flag on the back of his motorcycle until it starts to fall apart.