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11/17/2012 1:03:00 PM
Letter: Where is the American flag to honor our veterans


My father, a Vietnam Vet, went to place flowers on the veteran’s memorial in the Clarkdale cemetery on Veterans Day morning. To his surprise, there was no American flag flying at the memorial.

As he told me of this during our annual Veterans Day breakfast, I thought to myself, how could this be overlooked?

Has anyone else in the Verde Valley noticed this? I’m sure there are many other veterans in the Verde Valley who would be disappointed to learn about this.

As I thought about this throughout the day, I couldn’t help but wonder if the leaders of my small home town have lost respect for our Veterans. Or does Clarkdale have such a shortfall in their budget that they cannot afford to maintain a simple flag to honor the veterans and their sacrifices for this great country? If that’s the case, my father has made a standing offer to the town to purchase a flag for the memorial himself, and pay to replace it each time it wears out.

Hopefully, this is an issue that has simply been overlooked, and will quickly be corrected, but it’s a shame really, and makes me wonder where else this is happening across the country.

I’m sure the memorial in Clarkdale isn’t the most visited place, but none the less, I’m a believer that there should be an American flag flying on every memorial honoring our veterans across this great country!

Seth Pierce


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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Post 25 doesn't have enough money to pay
attention.Somebody stold it.
Oh sorry were suppost to sweep that under the rug.

Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Article comment by: Ron Luce

This is sad! All of these comments, and no-one has a clue. The fact is that Clarkdale does have a flag flying at the cemetery. The flag pole in the Veteran's section was installed by the American Legion Post 25, and they are supposed to maintain it with a flag at all times. They have not done so for several years. The VFW Post 7400 has, in the past, replaced the flag when necessary. The VFW installed a flag pole in Cottonwood cemetery, as well as the Policeman's Memorial at Riverfront park and will no longer cover for A.L. Post 25 and their lack of patriotism.

Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Article comment by: Tommy Nester

So last year someone cut the rope on the flag and the VFW Post 7400 and Clarkdale Metals replaced the rope and flag. Then the flag was taken down until next year. The American Legion Post 25 built the monument and were suppose to maintain it but for several years have not. I replaced the flag at the entrance and second intersection twice in the past year and will try and get a donation for the memorial flag. I have not sought public donations and currently maintain the flags at River Front Park Memorial and I guess now the Verde View Cemetery. Wolfpack 7

Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Article comment by: nutso fasst

Dear Mr. Pierce,

You reminded me that last August there was a news article in the Verde Independent titled "Volunteers needed for Clarkdale Flag Corps." If you missed that, you can check it out online:

I believe the Flag Corps volunteers' current task is to post flags along the street, but maybe that could be expanded to include a flag raising and lowering at the cemetery. Then you and your Dad could enjoy doing what you complain about others not doing for you. If interested, call Margie Hardie at (928) 639-2441 or email Margie.Hardie@clarkdale.az.gov .

Posted: Monday, November 19, 2012
Article comment by: Lee Cali

I wonder if Mr.Pierce bothered to call the cemetery and find out for himself what the reason was, before he started complaining publically and painting the town as unpatriotic.

Posted: Monday, November 19, 2012
Article comment by: Phil Falbo

As a USAF veteran, I offer this observation: when I am dead I will not notice or care if there is a flag over my grave.

Posted: Monday, November 19, 2012
Article comment by: Rosemarie Babcock


It's not the responsibility of a UNITED STATES VETERAN OR THEIR FAMILY MEMBER to put up the American Flag on VETERANS DAY! What rock did you come out of??? It's IS the responsibility of the Government, City, County, etc to see that the Flag gets put up at a VETERANS MEMORIAL. Give me a friggin break, I can't even believe you suggested that. Where is your respect for people that spilled blood and died for you and your family??? That is very sad and disrepectful, shame on you!!! Maybe you should get off your butt and go and put the Flag up, since you feel it's everyone's responsibility, then it ought to be yours too!!! I don't know what is wrong with this friggin country, thank God my Grandpa isn't alive to see this crap today!!! It's going to hell in hand basket, as my Nonna used to say.

Posted: Monday, November 19, 2012
Article comment by: Nutso Fast

I agree with Sandra. I drove through Clarkdale on Veteran's Day and saw flags flying all up and down Main Street. I saw the same thing on 9-11. I don't think this is a town that doesn't care about Veterans just because there was no flag at the cemetery. There may not be a flag in every spot that every person wants, but lets concentrate on the many good things that are happening instead of continuing to focus on the things that rile us up! I for one appreciated seeing the flags in downtown Clarkdale, as well as Old Town Cottonwood.

Posted: Sunday, November 18, 2012
Article comment by: Sandra Johnson

Seth why didn't you just get one and put it up. Why must everything be done by the Cities, Counties, States, or U.S. Gov. I think what is happening is, people are wanting and waiting for every thing to be done by someone else.
Sandra Johnson
Chino Valley.

Posted: Sunday, November 18, 2012
Article comment by: Slater Slater

The respect and honor for Veterans is waning.
They love their freedom but don't have a clue how
they got it.
It's overlooked,not appreciated and in some circles considered a job for someone less
fortunate.A sad state.
One group looses an election and immediately
fly the Flag upside down.What a possitive message to send world wide.
Eather step up or step out!

Posted: Sunday, November 18, 2012
Article comment by: Steve Watson

you have got to be kidding!!!!
No Flag is a slap in the face of every veteran in the Verde Valley.
The leadership of Clarkdale should be ashamed of them selves to say the least.

Posted: Saturday, November 17, 2012
Article comment by: Bad Gremlin

Don't we honor our dead on memorial day and our living on veteran's day?

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