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On Thursday July 4th, our Independence Day (the 243rd birthday of the United States of America), the American Flag Fund Committee will be setting up 300-plus flags along the streets of Westerly, and this is done by folks willing to donate their time to come on down to accomplish this wonderful patriotic deed.

We will meet at the Adult Day Care Center (old Westerly Police Station) in the back at 7 a.m. Most of the flags are dedicated flags assigned a numbered location. The flags will be lined up to where they are placed and we will instruct our volunteers where to go from there.

With as many volunteers and Boy Scouts (Girl Scouts, too, if you would like to come down) this patriotic labor of love takes about an hour. You’ll be glad you did, because the town looks so beautiful when “Old Glory” is flying high.

We plan on taking flags down on Sunday, July 7th, at 4 p.m., and again with many volunteers it won’t take so long. The flags are picked up at their location, furled, and brought back to the center to be stored away for the next event, and if it should rain, we would have to leave them up to dry, and take them down as soon as we can.

I can’t thank you all enough for all the help and support over the years. Your help has made this project of flying “Old Glory” proudly throughout the towns of Westerly and Pawcatuck a great cause in honoring American citizens and veterans that have served their country so well, and the ones that have made the supreme sacrifice so we all may live in “the land of the free and the home of the brave!”

Ken Burton Sr.


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