The Kilgore Club’s flag project honors national patriotic holidays by displaying flags on customers’ properties.
The flag program began in 2002, recognizing the nationwide upswell in patriotism following 9/11, and has grown as more and more locals aim to show their support for troops, veterans and in memorials to family members.
The proceeds from this project allows the club to support the war on Polio, the dictionary project, the Boys and Girls Club, scholarships for graduating high school seniors, Boy Scout Troop 252, the Four Way speech contest participants, Habitat for Humanity, Helping Hands and Scholar Athletes.
Setting out the banners at individual homes, churches and businesses in the days leading to six patriotic holidays, Rotary currently lists about 500 customers for a grand total of some 1,500 flags.
The per-flag price for up to five is $40. Six to 10 flags are $35 each, 11 to 20 are $30 per and all flags in excess of 21 are $25 apiece. The price-per-flag also includes the metal groundsleeve, set-up and removal a few days after the holidays; Rotary members have pre-assigned routes for Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, the Fourth of July, Veterans Day and Patriots Day.
Flags are kept in Rotary’s storage between holidays and ceremonially retired typically after two to four years by the Boy Scouts.
To reserve any number of flags, contact Rotarian Gregg Murphy at 903-983-0159. Six annually billed cycles are staggered throughout the year depending on which holiday a patron first signed up for.
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