Pittsburg State University officials are working to get the Veterans’ Memorial Amphitheater back to top shape after it was damaged by straight-line winds about a month ago.

Pittsburg State University officials are working to get the Veterans’ Memorial Amphitheater back to top shape after it was damaged by straight-line winds about a month ago."

Two red bud trees at the memorial were completely destroyed, said Tom Amershek, PSU’s director of building trades and landscape maintenance. “They were dedicated memorial trees for people who donated money for the memorial,” Amershek said. “We’re in the process of getting money to get them replaced.”

Amershek said that for some reason his crews were not able to locate red bud trees in the Pittsburg area and that they may have to go as far as Olathe to locate them.

“We usually go to people like In The Garden or All Seasons,” Amershek said. “But right now we haven’t have luck with that.”

Additionally, the United State flagpole at the front of the memorial was completely knocked over, and all of the 50 flagpoles that hold the state flags atop the memorial were damaged.

“The flags we all damaged as well,” Amershek said. “Some of them were ripped off and gone, others were tattered badly. We’re looking at bids to replace those and the flagpole.”

Those flags typically get replaced two or three times a year, depending on the extent of weather damage.

“The get faded and wind-tattered, and just aren’t suitable to be hanging in that condition,” Amershek said. “The money comes through private donations.”

Amershek said he hopes to have all work completed before the university’s Memorial Day ceremonies on May 28. Aside from some litter that blew in from neighboring properties, Amershek said most of the repair work has been done.

“We’ve been working on getting all the water turned on this week,” he said.