A veteran's memorial in the Fort Worth suburb of White Settlement is causing a stir. The city said there was no mistake and that has some people bugged. They contacted FOX 4's Saul Garza for help.
A granite monument sits at Veteran's Park in White Settlement in honor of all men and women who served in the Armed Forces. It even pays tribute to the Coast Guard, police officers and firefighters.
"I think it's a great memorial. It does honor all of the Armed Forces," said Emily Kuszmaul.
The city spent $5,000 on it in 2010. It was unveiled that year at a special ceremony on Veteran's Day.
"It's still nice that they did it. Maybe if they made the flag a little bigger…" said Meredieth Nabors.
It could be bigger because some residents point out there are only 39 stars on the flag instead of 50.
"It's not the American flag," said John Baldwin.
"It's barely half of the American flag," added Kuszmaul.
The viewers who contacted FOX 4's Saul Garza said the error has bugged them for a while. They said city leaders were notified, but apparently no one at city hall seemed concerned.
"I guess it is a sign of disrespect. I don't know if they meant it. Maybe they overlooked it. But it's something they should pay closer attention to," Nabors said.
"The point is we have 50 states. I'm a veteran. It should show 50 states, not 39," Baldwin added.
The city said when it placed the order it knew all along the monument company could not etch 50 stars into the granite. It claims the local VFW post approved the artwork.
But the commander of VFW Post 5617 in White Settlement said the group did look at the artwork, but were never told the flag would only have 39 stars. Otherwise the veterans in the post would have objected to it.
"I think they should take it down and redo it. Put a new flag completely on there. That's common sense. That's a given," Baldwin said.
"If you're gonna honor, you should do it right," Kuszmaul said.
A city spokesman said this is the first time citizens have voiced concern to the city council. But he said the monument is only a temporary one. The city is working on putting up a memorial wall in its place.
The item was tabled during the last meeting on the budget because of lack of funding, but it could be on the agenda again next year.
For now, the monument stays.
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