Archive for Thursday, May 24, 2012

Lawrence VFW may be able to replace some missing flagpoles in time for Memorial Day

May 24, 2012, 10:54 a.m. Updated May 25, 2012, 6:24 a.m.


The Lawrence Veterans of Foreign Wars post will likely be able to put up part of its “avenue of flags” in time for Memorial Day, after all.

Earlier in the week, post commander Fred Shockey said a VFW trailer full of 300 20-foot flagpoles, some with brass commemorative plaques honoring members, had gone missing since February from the post’s property, 138 Ala.

Post members will still place small flags on graves at Memorial Park Cemetery, but they couldn’t fulfill the tradition of placing large flags throughout the cemetery and along 15th Street. The post filed a police report in April on the trailer and the poles, valued at $30 each.

Since a Wednesday story in the Journal-World on the VFW’s plight, Shockey said, the post had received offers of help, and now members believe they can place the larger flags along 15th Street and just inside the cemetery’s entrance.

“The outreach of support that the Lawrence community gave to the VFW in this situation has been very humbling,” he said.

Shockey said the VFW had received donations from the Lawrence Sertoma Club and Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home that helped cover the cost of 25 new poles, which were purchased Thursday.

Now post members are working on preparing the poles to fit the flags and the places in the ground at the cemetery. They also are working on finding a new trailer to help transport the poles to the cemetery.

“We’re going to make our best effort to make it happen,” Shockey said.

He said the post had received offers for other donations as well and plans to pursue raising about $8,500 over a longer term to try to replace all 300 poles and the trailer in time for Memorial Day 2013.


Danimal 5 years, 10 months ago

What kind of scumbag steals from the VFW? Actually it's not that surprising in a town like Lawrence...

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 10 months ago

Okay, name me a town, a village, a city in which there are no thieves. When an individual or a gang does something, please just give them the blame and don't bring the rest into it. That is called stereotyping.

Terry Miller 5 years, 10 months ago

There's one town in KS with no thieves, it's Nowhere, KS, Population:0. The only way to visit it is by the steam engine train trip that takes passengers at the depot in Baldwin City, KS and travels to Nowhere, KS by rail. The train ride is round trip though, It goes to Nowhere then the train reverses it's engine and returns to the depot to let people off. Rode it when I was in grade school 25 -28 years ago during a class field trip on local history. I think the train still runs.

Terry Sexton 5 years, 10 months ago

C'mon, what's with the Lawrence crack? Locals are stepping up to fix this. You got the scumbag part right. It only takes one of 'em, ya know, no matter where they're from.

lionheart72661 5 years, 10 months ago

I agree rockchalker! You can't blame lawrence as a whole. Where I work these people come in broad daylight and steal anything that is made of steel!

tomatogrower 5 years, 10 months ago

Danimal is also thinking that there are no vets or respect for vets in Lawrence. I can tell you that's very untrue. And quit trying to stereotype vets. They aren't all conservative tea party people. You would be really surprised how insulted many soldiers and vets feel, because you conservatives want to send them to war, but you're too greedy to pay for the war. But I bet you have a flag lapel pin, and you put your hand on your heart when you see the flag. You are just so patriotic. Now go spend your stupid wartime tax cuts.

patkindle 5 years, 10 months ago

no sure why anyone is upset while this is a dispicable crime and the perp should be hung by the whatever he is probably just one of your favorite dopers needing a fix for a month or so

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