To the editor:
The Avenue of Flags Committee of American Legion Post No. 191 extends its sincere appreciation for one of the most successful displays of our beautiful flag in Graceland Cemetery since its beginning in May 1989.
Thanks to everyone for being so careful as you drove through the cemetery. Damage this year involved 10 sections, with one person paying for a replacement. The strong winds of May 30 and 31 caused most of the damage. Approximately 25 flags had wind shredding. The Raskas are in the process of repairing them. A?very special thanks goes to Vern and Mabel.
On the negative side, we found a pole southeast of the speaker's stand without a flag. Apparently, someone chose to take it home with them. This happened one or two years ago when two flags were taken west of the cemetery shed. If anyone has information on this, please contact the police.
Here are some of the thank yous, with apologies to anyone we may have overlooked: Hy-Vee and Fareway for the beverages; Custom Meats for continuing to provide storage and their employees for getting the trailers in and out of storage; the Webster City Police for their escort and extra patroling; Graceland Cemetery for providing space for our trailers while the flags were on display; Art Philbrook and Ron Keigan for their pickups used to pull the trailers; the Daily Freeman-Journal and KQWC for media coverage; 4-H'ers, Scouts and legionnaires and all others who helped in carrying out all the details involved in this project, plus a special thanks for Lynn Jaycox, of Jaycox Construction, for trailer remodeling.
There were many favorable comments about the flag display. Despite the wind, I?feel the weather was great for the parade and program. It was a very extraordinary time to have the flags unfurled during the Memorial Day ceremony.
Again, thanks to all the workers, participants and for just being present for some or all of the activities.
One final note:?This is my last year as Avenue of Flags chairman. I started in 1996, but for health and age reasons, I'm passing the torch to the new chairman:?Ron Keigan, who will be assisted by Doug Johnson, Robert (Bob)?Goretski and?Leo Lanctot. At their invitation, I'll be staying active on the committee as an advisor as long as I am able.
A very special thanks to everyone who helped over the past 16 years.?I did not do it alone as it takes a lot of cooperation from everyone of all ages.