Flag program in its 11th year

Flag program in its 11th year

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Rotary Club of New Philadelphia is kicking off its annual project to place American flags around the city by seeking new participants and asking past subscribers to renew for 2022.

In addition to placing more than 200 flags at homes and businesses around New Philadelphia, the Rotary Club installs the 56 flags that line the downtown square for a block in each direction. Rotarians place 20 more flags along North Broadway next to Tuscora Park.

Rotary Club member and project co-chairman Tom Police said the cost of high-quality American flags has risen in price since the project began 11 years ago.

“We were able to buy American-made flags then for $5 apiece. This year a similar American-made quality flag costs $16,” Police said.

He said a Salute Freedom flag typically is used for three years and is then appropriately retired.

Even though the cost of the flags and metal flag poles has increased significantly, Police said the club is holding the participation fee at last year’s $30.

“As long as we continue to add new subscribers and renew previous participants, we will do just fine,” Police said.

Teams of Rotary Club members install the flags in the week leading up to Memorial Day and will remove them following Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

Coordinating the Salute Freedom subscriptions and installation routes is the other Rotarian project co-chairman Mark Garrison.

“Again this year we have an online website to enable new subscribers and those renewing to sign up and make their payment through a secure pay site,” Garrison said.

The project’s URL is app.helpingwithflags.com/New-Phil-Rotary.

“We have email addresses for many of our past subscribers, and they should have already received their renewal information in that manner,” Garrison said. “The rest of last year’s subscribers have been sent a paper renewal form in the U.S. Mail.”

Garrison said paper forms also can be downloaded from this site for both new and renewing subscribers who prefer to send a check or simply send name, address and phone number to the New Philadelphia Rotary at P.O. Box 331, New Philadelphia, OH 44663.

Flags in the Salute Freedom Project are placed only within the New Philadelphia city limits.

Email information@newphiladelphiarotary.com or call Garrison at 330-339-1773 or Police at 330-204-6093.

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