In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day.
Unfortunately for one Bass Lake resident, Flag Day is going to be a bit dismal this year. Since Memorial Day, Ken Myers’ flag pole at Bass Lake has been bare – that was the day someone stole not only his American flag on a 30-foot pole, but his Vietnam POW flag and his Marine flag.
“On Memorial Day, I was flying my American flag at half-staff. My wife was out watering her flowers and some people stopped by and asked why we weren’t flying my flag – it’s like a monument out here – and she looked up and all three flags were gone,” Myers said.
Myers said that at first he was sad, but then he became mad as he realized this is the second time someone has stolen flags off his property. The first time they took the pole as well.
“Somebody who would do that would steal off graves; they have no morals,” Myers noted.
Flag Day is a special day for Myers, as on this day he thinks of his buddies who served in the Vietnam War. Some of them never came home. So, if you drive by Myers’ home at Bass Lake today, he’ll be proudly flying a new American flag.
Ken Myers is offering a $500 reward for anyone with information that leads to the arrest of whoever stole his flag – and for anyone thinking about taking this flag, he’s placed a camera on the pole.