Still no flag decision by Kellogg City Council

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 24, 2010 at 6:07 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 25 at 10:11 AM

KELLOGG, ID. -- Veterans in Kellogg say they are still no closer to ending a fight over a Veterans’ memorial there, even after a city council meeting on Monday night.

Those veterans are upset after the city stopped flying the American flag over the memorial and then moved both. Those vets were hoping to hear a decision one way or the other about moving the small memorial about 100 yards. Those veterans say 100 yards is a very big deal.

One veteran says he was happy with the little plaque because of what it stands for and he says what it stands for is bigger than the vets.The plaque dedicated a piece of land as Memorial Park.

The fight started last year, when the city started flying an Arbor Day Flag with the American Flag. The U.S. Flag code says you can’t do that. When veterans groups complained, they say the city took both flags down and moved the plaque. Now those vets say no one can see it and they don’t know what it means if they do.

Kellogg’s mayor says the city moved it so people could finally see it.

After weeks of fighting, a group of vets came to city hall Monday night expecting to talk to the city council. They left empty handed.

The city council decided to accept three new donated flagpoles and form a veterans’ committee to talk about where everything should go, but no one was allowed to speak.

In the end, the veterans say they have an uphill battle, but they say that’s ok, they’re used to it. This fight has even gotten heated with allegations of threats and even the possibility of charges after a few vets took down the Arbor Day flag on their own last week.

Kellogg’s mayor says he hopes to have this entire thing wrapped up before the council’s next meeting in June. 

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