The Marion Lions Club wants to help decorate the city with the Stars and Stripes.
Recently, the Lions Club received approval from the Marion City Council for its flag project. Through this effort, the Lions Club members plan to place a United States flag in front of local businesses and agencies. With cooperation from the city, a hole will be drilled in the sidewalk immediately in front of a business or agency. Inside these holes, flagpoles will be inserted by Lion Club members, according to Club President Larry Ramsey.
Starting next year, these flags will be placed on six patriotic dates:
• Presidents Day in February
• Memorial Day in May
• Flag Day in June
• Independence Day in July
• Patriots Day or Sept. 11
• Veterans Day in November
On each date, the flags will be placed the day before and taken down the day after. The one exception will be Independence Day when the flags will be on display for the entire week. If these flags should get wet during their days of display, they will need to dry before being taken down.
All of the flags will measure 3 feet by 5 feet and the poles will be 8 feet tall. They will be purchased by the Lions Club.
The club will charge a fee of $25 to each establishment for each year of display starting in 2019.
For the first year, the club will only focus on Main Street in Marion. “Hopefully in future years, we can include all of the side streets off of Main Street,” said Ramsey.
In the coming weeks, Lion Club members will talk with business owners and merchants in the downtown and seek their support.
Ramsey said the club got this idea from West Jefferson, which has a similar program. All the money received from this will go to help the blind and visually impaired.
“We think it will be a good project,” he said. “The Lions Club and the city of Marion believe that this project will be a meaningful display of patriotism to our community and all visitors who travel through Marion. We hope you will join us in making this a reality.”
For more information, call President Larry Ramsey at 460-1041.