Dodge City Veterans Council - Avenue of Flags donates flags

Vincent Marshall
Dodge City Daily Globe
Charles and Paula Sellens of the Dodge City Veterans Council - Avenue of Flags and Veterans Art Initiative, donated American flags to Natoma American Legion Auxiliary Unit 109 president Laah Tucker after flooding on May 16, damaged the legion post.

NATOMA — When a May 16 rainfall caused the Paradise Creek to flood in Natoma, Kansas, more than half of its homes were damaged to the community of 273 residents.

Before that time, the American Legion of Natoma was in the midst of repairing its post when the flood hit.

Since then the rebuilding process has been underway and recently American Legion members of Dodge City made a flag donation to the Natoma post.

According to the Dodge City Veterans Council - Avenue of Flags and the Dodge City’s Veterans Art Initiative, Charles Sellens donated a 5-foot by eight-foot American flag on behalf of the Veterans Council. “The Dodge City Veterans Council has only recently achieved 501(c)(3) status,” Sellens said. “This status has allowed us to raise limited funds to help veterans in these situations. We’re currently developing a marketing initiative that will generate steady income allowing us to be more helpful when disasters like this happen in future years."

Another flag was donated by Paula Sellens of the Veterans Art Initiative to Natoma American Legion Auxiliary Unit 109 president Laah Tucker.

“We’re very appreciative of all the help we’re receiving," Tucker said. “Getting our lives back to normal is going to take a lot of effort, but our pioneer spirit will carry us through.”

Joining in the efforts were U.S. Senator Jerry Moran, who made a donation of 300 flags along with Team Rubicon.

American Legion posts, auxiliaries and individual members from Osborn, Dorrance and Alton also made donations as well as church organizations, LIONS Clubs from Logan, Hays and Norton contributed funds and National Auxiliary officer Trish Ward.

For those interested in providing assistance, contact Post 109 Commander William Workman or Unit 109 Auxiliary president Tucker at 785-885-8125.

To contact the writer email vmarshall@gannett.com