Letter to the Editor

Junior Optimists help with flags

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

To the editor:

Thank you for the great article pertaining to the Avenue of Flags at Cape County Park on Veterans Day. There is one correction that needs to be made.

The flags were put up on Veterans Day and taken down the following day primarily by the Junior Optimist Club of Cape Girardeau. These 24 youths have been responsible for putting up and taking down the flags on the last several occasions that the flags have flown.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of Cape Girardeau is the responsible party that determines when the flags are flown. We recently increased the number of days per year to include Sept. 11, Dec. 7 and May 14. Each flag in the Avenue of Flags represents a deceased veteran from Cape Girardeau County. There are 497 in all, including Richard Wilson, Medal of Honor winner. Veterans Day was the first time all the flags have been flown.

A special thanks to the Junior Optimist Club for its help.

BILL HUMPHRIES, Senior Vice Commander,

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3838, Cape Girardeau