Tributes paid to Old Glory as Flag Day is celebrated locally

Jun. 13, 2013 @ 07:29 PM

Local residents can expect to see more red, white and blue around town today as local clubs and the city of Sanford hoist American flags in observance of Flag Day.

The Kiwanis Club of Sanford is set to place more than 30 American flags in front of businesses that have chosen to participate in the club’s flag program. Businesses pay an annual fee for the club to place American flags outside the store fronts during national holidays, according to Kiwanis Club Treasurer Mike Laudate.

“We are all American regardless of skin color or background,” he said. “It’s just one way that businesses can show their patriotism.”

The flag program also provides business owners a chance to contribute to the community, he said, because the money raised goes back into Sanford and Lee County.

“We just hope people will recognize that these businesses are supporting our country and our community,” Laudate said. “And we hope people will see these flags and stop in and say thanks for having the flag.”

The club took over the project from the Northview Optimist Club, he said, and the Kiwanis have four map routes for placing the flags throughout the county.

CITY OF SANFORD

Sanford City Council approved the purchase of several American flags earlier this year, and they are set be raised on Main Street and Horner Boulevard today for the second time.

They will be displayed at major traffic intersections and hoisted at sunrise and lowered at sunset, per the U.S. Flag Code.

FLAG DAY EVENT

The Lee County Veterans Council, an organization consisting of all the county’s veterans groups, will hold a flag retirement ceremony at 5:30 p.m. today at the American Legion Post 382, located at Legion Drive, in honor of Flag Day. The event is open to the public.