My sisters and I were visiting a favorite antique shop in Moorhead last weekend when I came upon a Bronze Star Medal in a presentation case. I had seen something similar several years back in a store in Crosby-a Purple Heart-and it has bothered me since then that I didn't purchase that Purple Heart and get it somewhere besides a store shelf. It deeply saddens me that there is a market for these precious items.
I left the store in Moorhead without the Bronze Star but within several hours called them to inquire if the vendor would drop the $75 price tag. He did just a bit and I returned the next day to make the purchase. As I left the store, I told the woman behind the register that they had no business selling these medals and that they dishonored the veterans who sacrificed to earn them. Her response was that some families just wanted to get rid of them. Yada, yada.
Some people don't value such things, I get it. But maybe, and more likely, they didn't realize what was going out the door when Grandpa's or Uncle Art's estate was being handled.
Instead of vendors selling war medals, they should donate them to a Veteran's organization. Instead of shops allowing their vendors to sell them, how about a "no medals" policy? Most shops don't sell risqué (or worse) items-why don't you just say no to medals? It's that simple. Take the moral high ground.
So now, in an attempt to get this Bronze Star to its rightful owner, I'm in contact with the Crow Wing County Veterans Service Officer. Hopefully, we will find you, Arthur D. I hope there is a family member out there who is as bothered by this as I am.