Cannon located outside of the Fair Lawn, N.J. VFW.

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Fair Lawn Veterans: Garfield VFW post stole our cannon

December 06, 2018 - 8:45 am

FAIR LAWN, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- In times of war it's common for an army to raid an enemy's armory and take off with captured weapons. What's less common is a VFW post absconding with a neighboring post's commemorative cannon -- although that's exactly what Fair Lawn's veterans say happened.

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Commander David Boone tells the Fair Lawn Daily Voice that a retired military cannon was stolen from its spot in front of the Fair Lawn VFW and taken to Garfield's post without permission.

"Our canon was not given to them. They came and took it," Boone said.

Boone is a former detective with the Fair Lawn Police Department. He said members of VFW Post 281 and Fair Lawn cops intend to get the cannon back.

"The Fair Lawn VFW still doesn't know the 'why's of them taking the canon or why they would do it in such a disrespectful way," Boone said. "Supposedly they thought the Fair Lawn VFW was closing, which is not the case."

The cannon was acquired by the Fair Lawn VFW through a U.S. Army program that provides old military machinery to parks, museums, and veterans organizations. The items are demilitarized and repurposed as monuments to honor American veterans.