Oct 17, 2013 - StaffAs Veterans Day nears, consider helping the Avenue of Flags with money or time
Sometimes, little things can mean a lot -- especially if everybody helps.
For many years now, local veterans from the American Legion and the VFW have placed flags along Main Street in downtown Riverton, on Federal Boulevard for several blocks, and on some cross streets as well.
They do it nearly 20 times each year, according to a set schedule, and occasionally on some unscheduled days. Most recently, residents and visitors to Riverton saw the handsome display for Labor Day. Next up is Veterans Day in a couple of weeks. Later this year the flags will be distributed on Pearl Harbor Day --that's Dec. 7 --and 2014 will bring another slate of local flag days.
News bulletin: The flags do not simply appear and disappear by magic. It takes legwork and elbow grease to get the job done. There are more flags now than ever before, and the veterans groups always are considering expansion of the flag display even further.
That's where the rest of us can come in.
The American Legion and VFW need help. There are two ways it can be offered. The easiest is with a small financial contribution. As little as $10 would be welcome, and if larger contributions could be made, the program will be all the stronger.
The money goes to pay for flags and flagpoles, which need to be replaced periodically, as well as adding to the collection as the flag display area expands.
The rest of the program is a wholly volunteer effort. From time to time, you may have noticed groups of people who do not appear to be VFW or American Legion members assisting with the flag display. Both groups would welcome extra help in placing flags with individuals, businesses, school, church or civic clubs, or anyone who would be interested in lending a patriotic hand.
If you want to make a financial contribution, simply write a check payable to Riverton Avenue of Flags, and mail it to P.O. Box 1017, Riverton, WY 82501.
Legion Post 19 Commander Warren Hess and VFW Post 3628 Commander Gary Letchworth also would be glad to provide details to volunteers on how they could help with the flag effort. They can be contacted through the same address.
As Veterans Day approaches, the Avenue of Flags program is strong, thanks to financial and other assistance from local citizens. Let's keep it that way for another year.
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