Archive for Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Flags flown to honor man killed in Iraq

Public invited to Friday event

January 11, 2006

Flags for Cpl. Lucas Frantz flew over the nation's capitol on Veterans Day.

And on Friday, Congressman Jim Ryun will present the flags to Kelly Frantz, the widow of Lucas Frantz.

Frantz was killed Oct. 18 -- on his 22nd birthday -- in Mosul, Iraq. The 2002 graduate of Tonganoxie High School was hit by enemy fire while performing a combat mission.

The ceremony, which is open to the public, will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Tonganoxie High School gymnasium.

Kelly Frantz said, though she's a little nervous at the thought of appearing before a large crowd, it will be worth it.

"It's something I'm very proud of and proud that it's going to be flying over the high school," Frantz said. "He (Lucas) loved that high school."

Of the seven flags that flew over the capitol, one will be donated to the high school. Another will be given to the Tonganoxie Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9271, and the others will be given to family members, Frantz said.

Larry Meadows, Tonganoxie's VFW post commander, said it took some effort to make sure the flags flew in Washington, D.C., on Veterans Day.

"We called a week before Veterans Day," Meadows said. "... They made it a priority since it was a military casualty."

Then, Meadows said, VFW member Harold Denholm suggested the chapter ask Ryun to present the flag for the high school at a school assembly.

"We called them about the first week in December, and just found out the day before yesterday that he (Ryun) would do that," Meadows said Friday.

Each of the flags, which are 3-by-5-feet, come with a certificate verifying the date that they flew over the capitol, Meadows said.

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