Veteran irate over damage

Schlieve sends letter to city of Sunnyside

Sunnyside American Legion Post Commander Greg Schlieve places orange cones along the flagpoles in hopes skateboarders will avoid them.

Photo by Ted Escobar
Sunnyside American Legion Post Commander Greg Schlieve places orange cones along the flagpoles in hopes skateboarders will avoid them.



— Skateboarders are always looking for place to learn and/or practice their maneuvers.

Sometimes the find the wrong place, as in the Jerry Taylor Veterans Memorial Plaza, which is dedicated to heroes of the nation from the Yakima Valley and elsewhere.

Sunnyside American Legion Post Commander Greg Schlieve sent a letter to the city of Sunnyside last week to point out the damage.

“I believe that the City needs to take action to bar these kids from riding their bikes and skateboards on the Memorial,” Schlieve said.

“These kids have a wonderful skate park just out of town and a great pathway to use to get there to ride on their skateboards,” he added.

Schlieve was at the plaza last week and noticed that kids on skateboards have been damaging the flagpoles that were recently taken to the Plaza to be installed. It appeared that skateboarders have been riding their skateboards down the length of the flagpoles, scarring them severely. 

“We just did $2,000 worth of powder-coating to these poles, and now a white paint is scratched down one side of a pole, the pole that will hold the American flag at the



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