ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – There are few things as symbolic as the American flag.
So when North Valley resident Clyde Aragon saw the Valle del Norte Community Center’s flag pole hadn’t raised a flag for months, he started making calls.
“It represents our country. Go down to the VA hospital. There’s people there that have been maimed and lost limbs,” he said. “Darn right the flag means something.”
He thought it was a big problem with a simple solution. But after contacting the city for weeks, he discovered the Red, White and Blue is getting caught up in a bunch of red tape.
“I tried calling the city. I called 311 twice. I emailed the city. I even talked to a lady in the mayor’s office and they were all going to look into it,” said Aragon. “Nobody’s gotten back to me and there’s no flag on the pole.”
Now the city is owning up to the mistake.
“Apparently there’s been an internal misdirection of where the inquiry was supposed to go,” said Doug Chaplin, director of Family & Community Services. “We’re going to be meeting with staff and looking at how that can be handled better in the future.”
The city said they’ve now ordered the flag and it should be up and flying by Monday.
“I’d like to thank Mr. Aragon for bringing this to our attention that the flag was not up there,” Chaplin said.
As for why the community center was missing the flag for so long in the first place – the city said they’d look into that, too.