Two large signs advertising a pasta dinner benefit for injured troops are missing from two spots on Glen Cove Road, according to the Locust Valley Fire Department.
"We cannot believe that there are some individuals or government agency who have such disregard for our injured troops that they had to remove these signs for whatever the reason," said an email from the department's Operation Wounded Warrior chairpersons.
Co-chair Paul Long said the signs went up two weeks ago at the intersection of Glen Cove Road and Glen Head Road in Glen Head, one facing north and one south. They were first noticed missing Monday around 4 p.m., he said.
Although no formal police report has yet been filed, Long said he had notified Glen Cove and Old Brookville police.
"Over the years, countless people have told us that these two signs in these particular locations have served well to remind them of our annual pasta dinner benefiting our injured troops," the email stated.
The dinner, scheduled for Oct. 13 from 4-8 p.m. at the firehouse, is in its fifth year.
The missing signs are two of four, which each cost $90 and were paid for by sponsorships from local businesses. Money for the two may have to be returned to the businesses which sponsored them, Long said.
The department is waiting to see if the signs turn up before deciding if they will be replaced, he said.
A contact phone number was included on each sign, but the department said it has received no notification if the signs were removed by a government agency, adding that the signs have always been taken down within two days after the event.
"It is especially frustrating to think that these signs had to be removed, yet soon we will have hundreds more political signs littering the landscape," the email stated.
A Town of Oyster Bay spokesperson said Glen Cove Road is county-owned and would not be under the jurisdiction of any Town agencies.
A call to Nassau County's Public Information Office returned no word of the signs' removal by any County agency.
The department is asking anyone with information to please call 516-676-5104.