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Flags for Vets travels to Idaho to honor local veterans

Jamie Popwell, right, and Brantley Cargill, center, of Flags for Vets install a flagpole, flag and solar light kit on Saturday, July 1, to honor the service of U.S. Marine Corps veteran Larry Clemens, left.
Jamie Popwell, right, and Brantley Cargill, center, of Flags for Vets install a flagpole, flag and solar light kit on Saturday, July 1, to honor the service of U.S. Marine Corps veteran Larry Clemens, left.

Two Valley residents received a surprise visit on Saturday, July 1, from Flags for Vets, a nonprofit that recognizes veterans for their service to their country by gifting them a flagpole, flag and solar light kit.

Nominated by their families, the recipients were Jim Delaney of Boise and Larry Clemens of Emmett.

Jim Delaney, U.S. Army and Vietnam veteran, entered the service in November 1967 and was sent to Vietnam in May 1968. He spent the next year there as a member of the 121st Signal, 1st Infantry Division – “Big Red One” – as a light-wheel vehicle mechanic. He was discharged in June 1969.

Larry Clemens, U.S. Marine Corps veteran, entered the service in December 1968 as an artilleryman attached to the 75th Field Artillery, 1st Battalion, assigned to Hill 34 and Hill 65 in Vietnam. He arrived in Vietnam in August 1969 and left there in August 1970. His next two years were split between Camp Pendleton and Camp Lejeune as a military police officer guarding the brigs at both locations respectively. Sgt. Clemens was discharged from active duty in December 1972.

To show his respect for our veterans, Flags for Vets was established in February by veteran and Alabama resident Jamie Popwell, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1982-85.

Popwell initially sponsored a few veterans in his own community, purchasing all materials out-of-pocket and donating his time to install the flagpoles. Word quickly traveled after his first post on social media and the calls and messages started flooding in from other people wanting to sponsor a veteran.

Popwell drives anywhere within his four surrounding states (Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida and Georgia) to honor veterans with the installation of flagpoles and flags. He also has driven as far west as Texas and flown to New Mexico and now Idaho. The goal of the organization is to honor veterans in all 50 states.

Brantley Cargill, retired Navy vet and executive vice president of Flags for Vets, frequently assists with the installations and came to Idaho with Popwell, although Popwell has worked solo before. “It doesn’t matter if it takes me two hours to install a flagpole,” explains Popwell. “It’s not about getting it done quickly, but all about the personal relations with the veterans.”

For more information on sponsoring a veteran or to make a general donation, go to flagsforvets.us.

To date, Jamie Popwell has sponsored or supplied 86 veterans with flagpoles and flags, which includes three Medal of Honor recipients, with two more due to be completed within the next two months.

Fill a bowl … make a difference

Bring in your four-legged buddy — that includes lizards and rabbits — to Cherished Images Fine Art Portrait Photography, inside the 8th Street Studio, 521 S. 8th St., Boise, for the Dog Days of Summer photography event on Thursday and Friday, July 6 and 7.

For $50 and a bag of dry pet food, you’ll receive a 10-15 minute pet portrait session, a 5-by-7-inch print of your favorite image and access to limited edition exclusive packages, should you want additional prints.

The dry food (which should be valued at a minimum of $25) will be donated to the Idaho Humane Society Pet Food Pantry, an ongoing program that provides essential pet food and other pet supplies to several areas. In addition, a portion of the portrait session fee will go toward buying more food for the pet pantry.

Call 331-2288 to schedule an appointment or for more information.

Callin’ all you dirty dogs

Got a filthy pooch? Take ’em to Broadway Veterinary Hospital’s backyard, 350 E. Linden St., Boise, on Saturday, July 8, for a good scrubbin’.

The community dog wash runs from noon to 3 p.m. All dogs must be on a leash and be well behaved. (No aggressive dogs allowed.)

Suggested donation is $10 per dog. All proceeds will be split between The Idaho Foodbank, a hunger relief organization, and Fuzzy Pawz Rescue, a nonprofit dedicated to finding loving homes for homeless dogs and cats in Idaho and Utah.

Call the Broadway Veterinary Hospital with questions at 344-5592.

Michelle Jenkins: 208-377-6451

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