KEARNEY, Neb. (KGFW) – The McDonald’s stores in Kearney have stirred speculation following the removal of their flagpoles and American flags.
Prompted by calls and comments on KGFW’s Talk of the Town (weekdays 9 to 11am), KGFW reached out to the chain owner for an explanation.
The following is an official statement from the franchisee:
August 1, 2018
Statement from local McDonald’s ownership
As you may have noticed, we have been updating and renovating our restaurants, both inside and out, in order to provide the best possible experience for all of our customers. We have completed our 25th street restaurant and our other two locations are scheduled to be completed this year as well.
While the new landscaping doesn’t include a flagpole, it certainly doesn’t change our commitment to our community and country. We will continue to help out with many fundraising activities and sponsorships as we have for years with the goal of contributing to the vibrancy and culture of Kearney.
We have a profound respect for our country and all the values our nation’s flag represents. As local owner/operators, our family has a long personal history of military service and we continue to honor all who serve today.
P.S. Coincidently, as part of our ongoing support of our local first responders, we have another planned event tomorrow night, August 2nd, in which we are donating 45 meals (sandwiches and fries) in support of the Kearney Fire Department.
Steve Wenzl | Director of Operations | McDonald’s Restaurants
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