The Starke County Commissioners want to make sure every veteran who is buried in the county has an American flag and grave marker for Memorial Day. They’ve agreed pay for both if the American Legion posts in Knox, North Judson and Hamlet will take care of placing the orders and putting them on graves. Commissioner Don Binkley has tried without success to reach the commander of the Knox American Legion to discuss the process and find out how many flags and markers need to be ordered. Auditor Kay Chaffins says she’s spoken with officials in North Judson, and their order has been placed. Hamlet officials have yet to place theirs.
The commissioners stress they will see to it that all graves are marked, but they need help from the veterans service organizations to do so. Anyone who knows of a veteran buried within the county should contact either the Knox, North Judson or Hamlet American Legion, depending on where the person is buried, to ensure their grave is marked for the upcoming holiday. The county will reimburse the American Legions for flags and grave markers ordered prior to the upcoming holiday.