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Flag pinched from Memorial

Friday, 27th April, 2018

RSL President Des Kennedy was disheartened to find the Australian Flag missing from the Memorial Oval after the ANZAC Service on Wednesday. RSL President Des Kennedy was disheartened to find the Australian Flag missing from the Memorial Oval after the ANZAC Service on Wednesday.

After an impressive ANZAC Day service on Wednesday, local RSL members were disappointed to find the Australian Flag had been stolen from one of the memorials.

Overnight on Wednesday, someone took the Australian Flag alongside the memorial at the Memorial Oval.

RSL President Des Kennedy said they noticed something was wrong when they came to pick up the flag on Thursday morning.

“RSL member John Carney came to get the Memorial Oval flag and noticed the flag rope was on the ground and so were all the fittings,” Mr Kennedy said.

“You need a special key to unlock the flag pole to take the flag down.

“Someone has come up and taken it.”

Mr Kennedy said they normally collect the flags in the evening after ANZAC Day.

“We also collect the wreaths because people damage them,” he said.

“It’s not about the money or getting another flag - it’s just disrespectful.

“Whoever has it can return it by mailing it to us or putting it in the RSL mail box.

“We will forgive them.”

Mr Kennedy said it was disappointing after such a lovely day.

“It put a dampener on the day, it’s more that we are disheartened than angry.

“Ninety-nine percent of Broken Hill is very good, it’s just those few people.”

The president of Memorial Oval’s management committee Ray Steer said the flag was still flying at 5pm on Wednesday.

But there is some good news that’s come out of the whole incident.

“If it’s been stolen, I will replace it,” Mr Steer said.

City Council said it would check whether the flag had been taken in by a member of staff.

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