STOLEN FLAGS: Replacements Donated

The Des Moines Masonic Cemetery hosts a Memorial Day ceremony each year with American flags lining the path to where the ceremony is held.

When workers arrived Friday, they quickly realized that $1,500 dollars of flags had been stolen.

“We had thirty flags on the avenue and we were working our way up to having as many flags as we could possibly have honoring those on the Memorial Day holiday,” said Johnny Audette, General Manager of the Des Moines Masonic Cemetery.

Several groups heard the news and stepped up to make sure Memorial Day is full of red, white, and blue.

Saturday afternoon, members of the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine and Mid-Iowa Council for Boy Scouts of America donated 80 flags.

Several people also stopped by to donate money to purchase even more.

“I thought it was such a shame and I knew where there were some surplus flags. I figured I would help deploy them,“ said Dutch Koch.

“It’s going to be fantastic for them to walk in here or drive in and see this. It will be magnificent for them. It means a lot to them and a lot to everybody. There’s a lot of pride right here,” said Steve Fedler.

The flags will all be in place for Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony.

So far, no one has been arrested for stealing the flags earlier this week.


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