At 4 p.m. today Boy Scouts of America Troop 342 will re-dedicate the United States flag and flagpole at the 209 North Edgewood Drive residence of Leland and Pearl Riggs.
Last November 16, vandals pulled down and destroyed the flag and flagpole. Boy Scouts Troop 342 took it upon themselves to repair the damage done by the vandals. They began raising money needed to replace the flag and the flagpole. The troop will install a new 20 foot aluminum pole and raise the American flag in a ceremony at the Riggs' home today.
Leland Riggs is a World War II veteran. During the war he served in the U.S. Army in Guadalcanal.
The destruction of the flagpole and flag was one of 13 acts of vandalism that occurred in the area of Gentilly Road and North and South Edgewood Drive. Most of the damage was done to mailboxes as well as road signs, vehicles, lighting fixtures and other objects. The most costly damage was to a ceramic eagle in front of Howard Lumber Company on Gentilly Road.