By Elsa Maxey
A Quail Valley resident living in the 3200 block of La Quinta reports that an American flag was taken from his residence this past Saturday at around noon. “We donate $50 dollars a year to Boy Scouts Troop #15003 for placing an American Flag in our front yard every U.S. holiday,” reports Jim Young. He told the “Star” right after Labor Day that it’s not a big deal, but the Boy Scouts actually own the flag.
There are about 25 residents in the neighborhood that donate $50 a year to the Boy Scouts to have the American flag placed in front of the yard next to the street curb during seven official U.S. holidays. The scouts even have a Missouri City sign permit, advised Young.
The flag was placed on his yard this past Friday to celebrate Labor Day. Young said that he is not aware of any other flag thefts, but thinks that the number of residents participating in this project has gone down “because of theft, I suppose,” he said.
He reported the incident to the Missouri City police after having heard that political signs were also recently stolen and received a prompt response from Police Chief Joey Fitzgerald about looking into the matter.
Young said he will compensate the Boy Scouts for the flag loss. “Obviously this is no big deal, just not good for our neighborhood image and the image the Scouts are beginning to have of our neighborhood, and (that) will probably cause the Scouts to stop working” on this citizenship project.
This long-time Quail Valley resident, who also was active in Boy Scouts during his youth, said he has no idea who took the flag, removed the pole and his message sign overnight and put it back up Tuesday.
So, “punk,” if you’re still out there, “put the flag back on the pole.” Young’s Clint Eastwoodesque demand on the sign is in hopes that the robber may be moved to do the right thing.