SHOW LOW — Fishers of Men for Veterans display American flags on various patriotic holidays throughout the year, the latest display counted 190 American flags proudly flying June 14 on Flag Day across from the Victorian in Show Low. But the group’s leader who asked not to be named told the Independent that three of the Stars and Stripes were stolen that day.
In a heartbreaking phone call, the leader wept as she explained how much the flags mean to her group and to those the group serves. “That’s our freedom,” she said. The group began posting small flags on September 11, 2001 and over the years, raised enough money to buy large ones. The September 11 display last year bore a significance not readily observable: 219 American flags in that display represented an Arizona veteran who perished in the wars after September 11, including the 13 service members who came from local communities here.
She plans to file a police report which she said would ensure the next display would get extra attention by the police. The flags cost $13 each and the leader said that the group would be glad to give a flag to anyone who wants one, that stealing them is not the answer.