Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Naked Flag Pole

I'm a bit sad when I walk into the Fond du Lac Police Department on North Main Street these days. There are three flag poles. One has the U.S. Flag, another the Wisconsin State Flag, and the other sits naked. It has been for some time now.

That flag pole used to have a POW-MIA Flag on it, but the one the Department had wore out. It had to be destroyed. I'm told Veterans groups were contacted to see if they could arrange a replacement. That effort did not succeed. I even tried to intervene and contacted an area politician. I'm still waiting to hear back.

The Fond du Lac Police Department has a number of Veterans. Some of whom have served in recent wars including the one with Iraq. They have at least one current officer I'm aware of on military leave to serve in Iraq. A flag that symbolizes prisoners of war and those missing in action seems like a natural to sit alongside flags representing our country and our state.

Memorial Day is coming up. It sure would be nice to see someone present a new POW-MIA Flag to Police Chief Tony Barthuly. Some things should not be overlooked, some people should not be forgotten.

If you can help please contact the Fond du Lac Police Department at 906-5555. You can also contact them at www.fdlpolice.com.