Archive for Friday, August 12, 2011

Applebee’s to replace flags stolen from Lawrence VFW post

August 12, 2011


The Lawrence Veterans of Foreign Wars post is expected soon to get a new American flag and POW/MIA flag after they were stolen last week.

Applebee’s International Inc., the Lenexa-based operator of the grill and bar chain, has donated funds to the post to cover costs of the new flags and their installation, said Bob Rentfro, the company’s director of operations.

“We certainly have a fondness for the veterans and the folks who protect us,” Rentfro said Friday. “It just seemed like this was just another great opportunity for us to show our appreciation and to be a supporter of the veterans.”

Lawrence post members this week said they were working to replace the flags that fly in front of the post hall, 138 Ala., after someone stole them and cut the rope to the flagpole overnight last Thursday. Fred Shockey, commander of the Alford-Clarke VFW Post No. 852, had said post members were working to replace the flags before the annual POW/MIA ceremony Sept. 16.

Applebee’s got in touch with post members Thursday after reading about the theft in the Journal-World, company officials said. Police and post members estimated it would cost about $100 to replace the flags, so Rentfro said the monetary donation was not large, but symbolic.

“We just wanted to give them the opportunity to get those flags back up as quickly as possible,” he said. “It was a shame that they disappeared, and we intend as little time to go by as possible before those flags were replaced.”


Jean Robart 6 years, 9 months ago

I knew I liked Applebee's for more than their food!

always4ever 6 years, 9 months ago

That is very cool of Applebee's. What kind of person steals flags from a VFW?! Bad karma for sure! I plan to give Applebee's some business for their good deed.

Beth Bird 6 years, 9 months ago

It is wonderful to read some good news! Thanks Applebee's for your generosity!

beatrice 6 years, 9 months ago

Stealing a flag? That is beyond low. I have no doubt many businesses and individuals would have stepped up to help, but nice going Applebees for stepping up first.

somedude20 6 years, 9 months ago

Thank you Applebee's on behalf of vets who have served and have respect for the flag and know what it means and represents!!

(sorry but your food is still gross)

lunacydetector 6 years, 9 months ago

i like their food much better than freestate' it a requirement to get sauced first at freestate before eating their over rated food?

Fred Whitehead Jr. 6 years, 9 months ago

You might remember that Applebee's was the local resturant that gave vets a free meal last Veteran's Day.

This is a lot more than most local employers will do, most veterans have to work on Veteran's Day, while most government employees have the day off.

John Hamm 6 years, 9 months ago

Why steal the flag? Perhaps someone wanted a memento of the old building - remember it's been sold to HCA.

david_ 6 years, 9 months ago

Way to go Applebees, we will be eating there more often than just the kid's birthdays

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