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Letters to the Editor: September 8, 2012

Flag missing, return wanted

Each holiday, members of the VFW, Legion, AMVets and Sons of Legion place 50 United State flags along 7th street in Morris near the Veterans' Memorial, called the Avenue of Flags.

Well, on Monday evening when we returned to take down the flags after Labor Day, one was missing, and the aluminum pole was badly bent.

We'd like to know if someone stole the flag, if someone vandalized the pole and took the flag, or if someone accidentally hit the pole and then took the flag for safekeeping. If anyone knows let me know.

We'd like the flag to be returned. It is a 5 by 8 foot flag, called a 'casket flag', that was donated to the Memorial by survivors after the flag covered the casket of a dead hero .

No questions asked.

Ted Storck, Commander, VFW Post 5039

Remember POW/MIA

September 21 is National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Please take a moment to remember the 38 Minnesotans who have yet to return from the Vietnam War: Harold Algaard, Thomas Beyer, Paul Carlson, Keith Christopherson, William Cook, William Crockett, David Erickson, Allen Fellows, William Forman, Lawrence Gosen, Eugene Handrahan, Stephen Harber, David Hrdlicka, Wendell Keller, Melvin Krech, Ronnie Lindstrom, Allen Lloyd, Lyle Mackedanz, Marlow Madsen, William Mickelsen Jr., Richard Mishuk, Barry Olson, Delbert Peterson, Michael Quinn, Gary Rehn, John Ryder, Richard Schell, John Schumann, Francis Setterquist, Orval Skarman, Bruce Staehli, Daniel Sulander, Roger Swanson, Dennis Toms, Richarld Walsh III, Richard Wiehr, Kurt Wilbrecht, Ronald Zemple.

Joan Kopacek, President, VFW Aux. 5039 and Bertie Sperr, Sr. Vice President, VFW Aux. 5039