The flag that would normally fly at the Grand Forks Legion was cut down early Sunday, Jan. 17, according to Grand Forks RCMP. Photo courtesy of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 059

The flag that would normally fly at the Grand Forks Legion was cut down early Sunday, Jan. 17, according to Grand Forks RCMP. Photo courtesy of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 059

Flag vandalized at Grand Forks’ Royal Canadian Legion

Grand Forks RCMP said no one saw who cut down the flag Sunday morning, Jan. 17

Someone cut down the Royal Canadian Legion’s flag at Grand Forks’ Branch 059 early Sunday, Jan. 17.

Grand Forks RCMP’s Sgt. Darryl Peppler said there were no witnesses and that police have not definitively identified a suspect.

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Legion President Chantel Evers said a member spotted the flag lying on the ground below the branch’s flagpole early Sunday morning, Jan. 17. It had been deliberately cut down, she told The Gazette.

The flagpole at Grand Forks’ Royal Canadian Legion Branch 059 stands bare after the flag was cut down Sunday morning, Jan. 17. Photo courtesy of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 059.

The flagpole at Grand Forks’ Royal Canadian Legion Branch 059 stands bare after the flag was cut down Sunday morning, Jan. 17. Photo courtesy of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 059.

“It makes me furious,” she said Monday, Jan. 18. “How they can destroy something on a property that belongs to veterans and is run by volunteers is beyond my comprehension.”

The membership at Branch 059 was “shocked” and deeply disappointed at the news, she added.

Evers said the Legion will re-hoist the flag using a sturdier cable sometime this week, possibly with help from Grand Forks/Fire Rescue.


 

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