Hello Westerly! Once again another holiday is approaching us and it is time to fly “Old Glory,” our American flag, in honor of all the hard-working people of this country. Our flag represents not just our veterans who have sacrificed so much in its defense, but all the people of this great land who work very hard every day to keep us free by just doing their jobs, raising families, respecting others and the law, and holding on to their faith.
On Saturday morning, Aug. 31, at 7 a.m., we plan to set up around 300 American flags around the streets of town. We meet at the Adult Day Care Center on Union Street in the back, where I assign volunteers where they are to go to set up. With a good amount of volunteers it takes about an hour. For students looking for community service status, it’s an opportunity to earn extra credits.
The flags will remain up for the weekend then come down on Monday, Sept. 2, at 4 p.m. Again volunteers are needed. The flags are furled at their locations, loaded on a vehicle and transported back to the Union Street location. It takes a little longer to take the flags in due to the traffic in town and furling them up for storage.
Your help is much appreciated by me, the committee, veterans, local politicians, police officers, first responders, and you, the bold American citizens.
I look forward to your assistance in helping us get the job done!
Ken Burton Sr.
The writer is the flag coordinator for the American Flag Fund.