More flags are flying for patriotic holidays thanks to the Brooklyn Kiwanis, and the people who are subscribing to their project. Club volunteers place about 600 flags around the area, including Clark Lake. You may have seen them over Memorial Day. The flags returned for Flag Day on June 14th and will remain up through July 4th. They will reappear for Labor Day through September 11th, then once more for Veterans Day, November 11th.
The idea, of course, is to present a visible salute to our country and recognize those who have contributed to it so valiantly. “The stripes represent the original 13 Colonies and the stars represent the 50 states of the Union. The colors of the flag are symbolic as well; red symbolizes hardiness and valor, white symbolizes purity and innocence, and blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice.” (PBS).
Every American is familiar with the flag. But did you know there have been 27 different versions of it? The current version is the only one to have lasted more than 50 years. And it was not designed professionally. Who, then? A 17-year-old high school student, Robert G. Heft, of Lancaster, Ohio submitted the design in a contest in 1958. From over 1500 submissions, the current version was chosen by President Eisenhower. (National Flag Foundation)
When several neighbors participate, and flags line the road, it presents a stirring picture and sends a message. Recently, the Kiwanis received more orders. Click here to learn how it works, and how to have a flag placed at your place.
Kiwanis looks to the community for support. They encourage leaders of scout troops and youth groups to participate. This fundraiser can help those groups earn money. For details, contact Kiwanis Fundraising Chair Chris Holbert at 517-938-5178 or Kiwanian Linda Reynolds at 529-9613.