For the past two years, I have placed a wreath adorned with sunflowers to honor the memory and pay respect to the late James Arness on his medallion on the Dodge City Trail of Fame located in downtown Dodge City. For those that aren't aware, Arness was a famous actor that portrayed Marshal Matt Dillion in the long running and well recognized television series, Gunsmoke. Unfortunately, this special wreath in honor of his memory was stolen earlier this week.
I am asking that whoever took the wreath please return it to James Arness medallion located on the north side of the Fidelity Bank building on Gunsmoke St near Second ave. It is not about the expense of the wreath but what it means to me and many others in Dodge City. James Arness was my friend since 1959. He was a good Christian man with excellent values. Arness has been greatly missed since his passing on June 3, 2011. Please show some respect for the man who helped make Dodge City legendary and return this memorial wreath to its rightful use.
Special Deputy U.S. Marshal