The flag at the end of Victory Memorial Drive is a place where Hennepin County veterans who didn't come home from war are remembered….and a place those who did feel at peace.
"That's a huge comfort to me. I've been doing this since before I went into the military and after. It's home to me," says Mike Fisher, a local marine who served in Iraq.
On Tuesday night Fisher's run on his usual route suddenly made him feel helpless. On the parkway between Robbinsdale and Minneapolis six teenagers divided up and started chasing after Fisher.
"Right under this light is when they pulled the gun on me... get down or I'm going to blow your head off!"
The group kicked Fisher in the head repeatedly for at least ten minutes. He has cuts and bruises all over his face, both eyes are black and has a broken nose.
"The last thing I was thinking was God I'd like to see my fiancé one last second," says Fisher.
Fisher is about to get married in two weeks.
"To have him over seas serving for this country…nothing drastic happen and here and this happened. It's ridiculous," says Fisher's fiancée Amanda Grenzer.
"All for an iPod, or a night of looking for something to do... I don't know," says Robbinsdale Police Captain Jim Franzen. "We found out there were also some reports of some robbery of persons in Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park. That same evening...but we are not sure if those are connected."
Robbinsdale Police say they also talked to a man at North Memorial Hospital who said he was the victim of a similar attack with five teenagers near Lyndale and Upton Ave North. He refused to make a police report, but investigators believe it could be the same group who attacked Fisher.
"No one should have to endure that, not here not at home...not on the parkway of all places," says Fisher.
Investigators have some suspects but so far no arrests.