Reward offered for missing flags

NORWAY — A $500 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who stole three flags from a memorial park in December.

Leslie H. Dixon/Sun Journal

The prisoner of war and state of Maine flags were stolen from the veterans memorial at Main and Paris streets in Norway. The American flag, which was also stolen, was replaced by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins' office.

The American, prisoner of war and state of Maine flags that hung over Veterans Memorial Park at Paris and Main streets were taken sometime during the night after Pearl Harbor Day services. The park is in front of the Rowe Elementary School and across Main Street from the Stone-Smart American Legion Post.

“On Dec. 7 we lowered the flags to half staff. The next morning they were missing,” Legion Commander Ron Snow said.

The American flag has since been replaced through a donation from Sen. Susan Collins' office, he said.

Although the police were informed and a $500 reward offered, there have been no leads, Snow said.

“We didn't expect anything to come out of it," Snow said of attempts to retrieve the flags through a reward. "They took them on a sacred day.”

The flags, which cost about $50 each, will be replaced as soon as the Legion members meet again, he said.

“We're a small post. We're trying hard to do what we can in the community,” he said. “We'll have new flags flying in the next few weeks.”

Anyone with information may call the Norway police at 743-5303 or the Oxford County Sheriff's Department at 743-9554.

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Timothy Stevens's picture


It truly upsets me that someone would do this. My grandfather served honorably in the Pacific Theater during World War II, and his name appears on the plaque of those who served. I hope that whoever did this is caught, and punished appropriately. Unfortunately, they will probably plead it down to shrimping without a license given the state of our criminal justice system in this State.

Richard Begin's picture

Missing Flags

This is a surefire example of how low conditions in America have declined. Imagine the Nerve of who ever lifted these Flaggs. Of coures they won't serve themselves , they won't be drafted and they won't contribute anything worth while to Society . Imagine how Sad and disrespectful of laws and sacrifice. shall we raise the Funds to replace the missing flaggs?

Mike Wendell's picture


Are they going to be able to cover it or are they looking for donations? (Not that I expect SJ to follow up on a comment/request. I'm still waiting for someone at SJ to notice that $10k Oxford County paid for a $150 video camera,)


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