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Thursday, 9 August 2012

Someone stole flags and flagpoles from the memorial for a soldier from Kane who died while serving in Afghanistan.

Police say sometime between August 1 and Monday someone went to the VanGiesen Memorial in Gibbs Hill Cemetery, broke 2 20-foot flagpoles off at their bases and stole them, along with a POW flag, a Pennsylvania state flag and an American flag.

Ken VanGiesen died July 11, 2011, from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his convoy with an improvised explosive device. He was a 1999 graduate of Kane Area High School, where he played football and he was honored at Saturday’s Big 30 game.

Anyone with information on the theft is asked to contact Kane-based state police.

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