Letter to the Editor: Stolen vets' flags a senseless act


To whoever tore the 11 American flags off their staffs that are placed in the bronze military emblems (American Legion, VFW) that honor our deceased veterans on Memorial Day weekend in Pequot's city cemetery, it brings to mind people who will steal plants and flowers from gravesites on Memorial Day.

But this brings things to a new low with nothing to gain but hurt and insult to families and friends of the deceased veterans at the time of their visitation to the vets' gravesites.

You have to seriously question their mentality when they do things like this. It's totally senseless and inexcusable under any circumstances.

Jack Schmidt,

Pequot Lakes

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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