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Vandals Take American Legion Emblem from Park

A bench in the Old Settlement Center featured a medallion of the American Legion, which donated the bench and flagpole, but a 9/11 discovery has members wondering what happened to it.

A concrete bench and flagpole were donated by Muskego's American Legion Post 356 on Flag Day of this year, but it was discovered on Patriot Day that the bench was the target of vandals.

"As I prepared to lower the flag in honor of 9-11 disaster, I noticed that the American Legion emblem that was attached to the bench was missing," post commander Fred Korth told Muskego Patch. "This Flag pole and bench was donated to the honor all men and women that have served and are still serving the United States of America." 

The flagpole and bench are located in front of the Old Town Hall building on the  Old Settlement Grounds, and parks director Craig Anderson said he was not aware of the incident until Wednesday. He also confirmed that it wasn't a matter of the emblem falling off and being taken for a future repair.

The post will replace the emblem, which is made of bronze, if no one comes forward to return it. However, the cost to replace it was not the point, according to Korth.

"It is not the cost of the emblem that matters, it's the lack of respect that was shown by the person or persons who removed the emblem," he said.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of the emblem, you may contact Anderson or Korth.

Paul Peardon September 13, 2012 at 03:35 PM
I hope they catch whomever is responsible for this absolutely appalling behavior and they are charged to the fullest extent of the law and made an example of. Perhaps that would deter future hooligans from even considering such disrespectful behavior. As a community we need to be collectively denouncing this kind of activity and send the message that it will NOT be tolerated in our city! There is too much of these kinds of things going on in Muskego!
Deanna Kuhn Knasinski September 13, 2012 at 04:15 PM
I agree. What's wrong with some of these kids around here lately?
Denise Konkol (Editor) September 14, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Don't know if it's kids necessarily, but knowing it's bronze, I wonder if someone thought they could get something for it?
Muskego Mike September 14, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Sounds possible. Still outrageous and unacceptable and I hope they catch the trash that did this. You hate to see this in our fine city.
Gregory Kluck September 14, 2012 at 09:49 PM
I do hope recyclers in the area were notified to watch for this emblem.

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