What to do with the Avenue of Flags which was displayed on certain holidays at IJH to honor employees, veterans and others in the community has not been decided, Charles Palmer, head of the Iowa Department of Human Services, is reported to have told Toledo Mayor Dave Svoboda and State Rep. Dean Fisher during a meeting in Toledo last week.
However, The Chronicle confirmed Monday morning it is expected the flags will be returned to those who purchased them.
Duane Bossman. Toledo, said he has been in contact with Richard Shults, the DHS official who appears to have charge of the flags.
The Avenue of Flags dedicated to IJH employees, veterans and other community members shown during a past holiday won’t be flying this July 4 while state officials decide the fate of the display.
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Bossman, who retired as youth counselor supervisor at IJH in 2010, originated the flag honor program in 1991 and oversaw it until his retirement.
He said Shults has assured him the flags will be returned to the proper owners and an acceptable arrangement for display of those not wishing them back will be made. Bossman said he also has requested the records of the flags and their dedications over the years. He said there are just over 100 flags in the collection.
Bossman said those who purchased flags may contact him at 641-751-7730 and he will assist in having flags returned.
Earlier, Svoboda and Fisher said they were told state officials maintain the flags were "gifts" to the state."
Svoboda and Fisher did say they believe the flags will be turned over for local use once a venue is determined.
It has not been determined what will be done with the items making up the IJH artifacts collection, Fisher said.