Flags Replace Those Stolen from Iowa Cemetery

Zack Aboud of Cedar Rapids prepares to plant an American flag with Connor Roberts (left) of Marion helping at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery in Cedar Rapids on Sunday, May 24, 2009. 1,500 flags have been placed along the cemetery's roads for the Memorial Day Avenue of Flags. The flags will be on display through Monday evening. (Chris Mackler/The Gazette).


By Rachel Begle

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Workers have put out new flags to replace those stolen from Des Moines Masonic Cemetery.

The Des Moines Register reports that 30 flags were put out on Wednesday but stolen overnight.

Cemetery general manager Johnny Audette told the newspaper that a larger flag next to the cemetery's entrance was stolen the next night.

The Boy Scouts of America Mid-Iowa Council donated 30 flags for the cemetery to use on Memorial Day, and members of the Za-Ga-Zig Shrine in Altoona are buying 50 flags.

Audette says people have visited the cemetery just to make donations.

He says "it's the good in people that have stepped forward to humble me tremendously in this otherwise really bad situation."
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