Posts tagged: veterans
Dozens of U.S. Navy World War II veterans help unfurl and stretch a large U.S. flag as “Anchor's Aweigh” is played over loud speakers Saturday at Farragut State Park. Most of the veterans who attended the annual reunion completed basic training at the Farragut Naval Training Station between 1942 and 1946 before fighting in the Pacific theater 70 years ago. Although formal reunions were curtailed several years ago, veterans and their supporters organize informal gatherings, including a coffee hour and barbecue after the flag ceremony. Story here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)
Question: Has any member of your family served in the U.S. Navy?
Singer Jon Bon Jovi performs on stage earlier this month in Munich, Germany. (AP Photo/dpa, Marc Mueller, file)
A promotional stunt met community resistance Thursday when unhappy military and civic boosters took to the Web and the streets to protest the temporary renaming of the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena to the Bon Jovi Veterans Arena. In celebration of an Oct. 6 concert by rock group Bon Jovi, which was announced early Thursday, the Public Facilities District has temporarily renamed the arena. After the concert, the arena will go back to its former name. But some commenters on local media and the arena’s Facebook page called the move disrespectful and extreme, while others praised the district’s efforts in booking the classic rock band/Kaitlin Gillespie, SR. More here.
Question: Is this situation a total brain cramp on the part of the Public Facilities District? Or do you see logic to its move?
DFO: Back home in CdA after a wonderful week in Denver. I was impressed by lead stewardess on my Southwest Airlines flight No. 918 who reminded everyone as we were landing in Spokane that (Monday) is Memorial Day. She then asked all the vets to punch their call lights in their seats to allow other passengers to know that they’d served their country. The loaded plane then burst into applause. Additionally, the veterans were asked by the stewardess to de-plane first. Wonderful return to our area. The pouring rain after the Denver sunshine didn’t diminish that moment in the friendly skies.
Question: How did you observe Memorial Day?
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?
“We had a veteran or two that threatened to shoot the council and the mayor. Now we kind of took that personal. That’s above and beyond. I would like to express the old adage, ‘you can’t fight City Hall.’ But that adage is completely untrue. You can fight City Hall but you cannot do it in this manner threatening to shoot somebody,” said (Councilman Dennis) Norris. People upset about the flag have signed a recall petition in an effort to remove the City Council and the Mayor. The council is expected to have a meeting on Monday to make a final decision about what will fly on the flagpole/KREM2. More here.
The Veterans of the City of Kellogg, Idaho served a Petition of Recall for all 6 city council members and the mayor. The Petition was signed by 20 verified registered voters, notarized, and delivered to the city clerk Wednesday morning. Some of the people of Kellogg are angry about the City Councils decision to move a 50 year old Veterans Memorial, their refusal to fly the American Flag on the Flagpole in Memorial Park or the Football field, and their refusal to answer any questions presented to them about these actions/Bill McGinty, KHQ. More here.
Question: Would you support this recall effort against the Kellogg mayor and City Council? Or do you think the veterans are being unreasonable?