Today when on the way to Bend I looked over at the Redmond Memorial Cemetery (as I often do, to see Dad's flag) and could not see Dad's flag.. (my brother got permission to have an 8 ft metal pipe flagpole with a 3x5' flag on it at the head of his and Mom's stone) something was 'not right' so I drove into the cemetery.. NO!!! the flagpole was bent halfway to the ground and the flag was missing. The white part ( the part next to the blue field, it has a name) with brass groments held on with zip ties was still there. The pole was vandalized and the flag was stolen. ( the flag was cut pretty evenly) Went to the City Public Works department, they were glad to know but not much they could do.. did not even take my name. Suggested I go to police but did not think they would be able to do much either. BUT I felt that a police report needed to be filed. SO I filed a report, even tho there may not be much that can be done, and I KNOW that, I feel that Dad deserves a report filed.... and maybe this will continue. Or happen to others, there should be a record.
He went ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day with the 29th Division. He does not deserve this, as does not one veteran!!
I do feel it was a kid, they bent the pole to get at the flag. Altho one just has to remove the pipe from the casing and lay on the ground to work on the flag. I bet their parents did not know where they were, huh? Or what they were doing. I hate to think an adult would do such a thing.... or maybe, hopefully, they would know better.
I feel bad... I bent the pole back and got a new flag and all was well this afternoon when it was all fixed and looked good, all ready for Veteran's Day 11-11. He passed away 11-12-2002. We miss them so.
Take Care All. say hello to your loved ones