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People plead for return of 100 flags from former juvenile home

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 It's been about six months since the Iowa Juvenile Home closed its doors.

While many of the employees have moved on, there's been a lingering problem with a town tradition involving approximately 100 American flags that used to be displayed on the property over Independence Day and other holidays.

Many of the flags and customized plaques were purchased in memory of a loved one or a veteran.

While no one is trying to change the fact that they're no longer displayed at the former juvenile home, a lot of people are hoping they can at least get the flags and plaques back.

"Every flag that was purchased up there means something to someone or else the flag would not have been purchased," said Marlene O'Clair of Toledo.

O'Clair said her two daughters purchased and dedicated a flag to her husband, Dennis, while he was still alive.

"It was beautiful to see," she said.

Now, O'Clair and others are frustrated because they don't know where the flags are.

"It would be nice to actually know what's going to happen to the flags," she said.

Becky Zhorne of Tama agreed.

She purchased a flag in memory of her grandpa, Edward Hanus, who served in World War I.

"If anybody would look through the plaques and see what the plaques said,they would see that the flags were meaningless to any place else," she said.

Spokesperson for the Iowa Department of Human Services Amy Lorentzen McCoy issued the following statement on Friday:

"We will be working with community members to return flags and plaques to individuals who donated them to IJH and to ensure others remain displayed in the community.

"This process will include input from Toledo citizens as we follow procedure for releasing items donated to the state.

"DHS is maintaining the campus and treating these items with care and respect."

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