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Kellogg Vets Move Ahead w/Recall

An empty flagpole standing in the middle of Kellogg’s Memorial Park symbolizes a months-long dispute between veterans and city leaders that has escalated into recall petitions being filed against the mayor and all six City Council members. The flagpole formerly displayed both the American flag and a Tree City USA flag, until the commanders of Silver Valley veterans groups informed the city in August that flying both on the same pole was improper. The flags flew above a veterans’ memorial dedicated to the city more than 50 years ago. The stone memorial embedded with a plaque honored veterans of the two World Wars and of the Korean War/Alison Boggs, SR. More here. (Photo by Kathy Plonka/SR: Vietnam veteran Joe Wallace stands near an empty flagpole in Memorial Park in Kellogg on Friday.)

Question: I can think of few controversies that a local government can bungle into that are goofier than elected officials battling a veterans’ group over placement of a U.S. flag. Can you think of anything?

Flag Removal Steams Kellogg Vets

A group of veterans is up in arms in Kellogg over how a memorial honoring those that have served in the military has been mistreated. The issue? Two flags flying high above the Veterans memorial plaque and one of them has gotten local vets steamed. …“I have a huge passion for the American flag,” veteran Casey Duncan said. “When I signed up for the Army I wrote a blank check saying that I would defend that flag.” Local veterans informed the City of Kellogg that flying the “Tree City, USA” flag with the American flag was in violation of U.S. Code, Title 36, Chapter 10. The city however says the two flags have flown together for at least 13 years/Tania Dall, KXLY. More here.

Question: Do the Kellogg veterans have a legitimate gripe? Or are they late in complaining in view of the fact that the two flags have flown together for 13 years?

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