KEMP–When Rosalie Randall and her husband waved goodbye to Dallas in 2002 and decided to settle down in the Kemp/Tolosa area where her husband grew up, Rosalie did not want to give up her family’s flagpole. She called Flags by Lee and Lee drove to Dallas retrieved her flag and pole, then reassembled it at the entrance to her new addition at Cedar Creek Country Estates. After the flagpole was reassembled, they had a dedication ceremony in memory of Rosalie’s mother Ethel Mae King West, who passed in 1995. West, wanted the flagpole erected in front of her home in Dallas. “My father was in World War II and did put the flag pole in their front yard to my mother’s delight. His name was Woodrow Wilson West and he passed 2001,” said Rosalie.
Rosalie was unable to have the flags illuminated from the same side of the road, so she had a large light installed on the opposite side of Highway 274 where light shone upon the flag. The light was paid for every month with her regular electric bill she says.
July 10 Rosalie began receiving messages from her neighbors asking where the flagpole went. When she drove to the entrance of the addition to find the flagpole gone, completely sheared off at the base not only was she shocked, she was devastated. Rosalie made a report with the Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office, put pictures on Facebook and her daughter kept sharing the post.
That’s when it caught the attention of Gabriel Kanawite of Garland. Kanawite, who is the chaplain of the Dallas Fort Worth North Texas Chapter 82nd Airborne Division Association, donated a flag to Rosalie. The flag Kanawite donated has been to many places. “The flag I gave her is a flag that I have carried in my 100 pounds of gear that I carry on the 22nd of every month raising awareness of veteran, law enforcement and first responder suicide,” Kanawite said. The flag has well over 100 miles on it since he has done this for the past three years at 2.2 miles each, Kanawite told The Monitor. That does not include other ruck marches Kanawite has done.
While Kanawite had flags for Rosalie he needed a flagpole. He contacted Joe Esquivel from Dallas about a flagpole he had listed for $150. “I contacted him and explained the situation, he unhesitantly agreed to donate the flagpole,” says Kanawite. He said in actuality it would not have happened so quickly if it was not for Esquivel.
Readers may remember Kanawite from our June 3 issue as he carried the weight across the Caney City Bridge, May 31.
Gentlemen in the neighborhood assisted Kanawite in assembly July 14 along with passerby Roman Carrasco who saw the men working outside the addition and stopped to assist in the endeavor.
“My mother would be so proud. USA and the great state of Texas, may you ever be,” says Rosalie. She thanks Kanawite, Esquivel, Carrasco and all the men in her addition for their assistance.
Rosalie says she feels like good really does triumph over evil. Perhaps angels really do walk among us.