Jim Schultz/Record Searchlight Preston Sharp visits the grave of his grandfather, George Sharp, Thursday at Redding Memorial Park.
A 10-year-old Redding boy who has been placing U.S. flags and red carnation plastic flowers on the graves of veterans at the Redding Memorial Park since Veterans Day was broken-hearted Sunday when he discovered all his flags had been removed.
"It was so awful," said April Sharp, the mother of Columbia Elementary School fourth-grader Preston Sharp.
Initially told the flags were tossed away to accommodate the mowing of the cemetery's grounds, Sharp said cemetery officials later said they did not throw them away and would return them to Preston.
"First they said they threw them away, now they said they still have them," Sharp said.
It didn't make much sense to her, she said, noting that none of the plastic carnations her son placed at the graves of the veterans were touched.
A cemetery spokeswoman was in a meeting in Sacramento on Thursday and was unavailable for comment.
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At age 11, Preston Sharp has received more media exposure and public recognition for his good deeds on behalf of veterans than most adults could expect in a lifetime. He’s received medals of honor and recognition from military groups, a folded flag that once flew over the nation’s capital, and last month he received the Community Hero award at the Redding Chamber of Commerce Hall of Excellence dinner; the youngest person to ever receive that award.
Preston Sharp holds just some of the awards he’s received; recognition of his commitment to honoring veterans.
Preston’s best known for the work he’s done to honor thousands of north state veterans’ grave sites with flags and flowers at nearly a dozen north state cemeteries, with invitations to travel to yet more cemeteries to honor the veterans buried there, too.
Preston Sharp, 11, has placed more than 15,000 flags and flowers on north state graves to honor veterans’ service and sacrifice.
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“I called our police department, and Captain Todd Nestor came out and took charge at that point,” Wiley told the Preston News & Journal. “They did check other flower pots in town.”
Wiley said it scares him that children walk through town to and from school, just enjoying the area, and they could come upon a needle.
“I’m not saying all the needles you find are necessarily illegal drugs, but it is scary,” Wiley said. “I don’t recommend picking them up yourself, but to call someone.”
Donk said she was very fortunate, as the needles she found were capped and the needle-side down in the pot.
“I wasn’t poked by the needle, but if I was,” Donk said, trailing off. “I don’t want to think about it. I keep thinking like Bruce — what if it was a child that found those.”
Some syringes are used legally by diabetics and other people who are on medications that require an injection, and generally those patients have sharps containers to put their used needles in and dispose of them properly with instructions from their physicians.
With the syringes found by the police outside the barber shop, Nestor acknowledged he did find two or three hypodermic needles in the flowerpot that Wiley and Donk had called about.
“The next day, there was one found inside the Kingwood Dollar Store,” Nestor said.
Kingwood Police Chief Doug Rumer said discarded needles are becoming a big problem in the city.
“We have found a little here and there, but it is a problem,” Rumer said. “You can put them in a heavy duty container — preferably a sharps container or a heavy detergent bottle and tape it up with duct tape.”
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