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Lions Club presents ‘Flags Over Charles City’

  • Lions Club member Bruce Cannon sets up a flag in Father Gary Mayer’s yard Thursday. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Lions Club member Bruce Cannon sets up a flag in Father Gary Mayer’s yard Thursday. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Lions Club member Bruce Cannon sets up a flag in Father Gary Mayer’s yard Thursday. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • An American flag flies in the yard of Father Gary Mayer, one of 83 flags the Lions Club has sold and set up in recent weeks. (Press photo James Grob.)

  • Brian Parrott, Jerry Meyer and other members of the Charles City Lions Club organizes American flags for their “Flags Over Charles City” efforts. (Photo submitted.)

  • The Charles City Lions Club has been decorating Charles City with American flags. (Photo submitted.)

By James Grob, jgrob@charlescitypress.com

“They’re all going to be up by tonight,” Russ Schwarz, president of the Charles City Lions Club, said Thursday.

Schwarz and the rest of his fellow Lions have been hard at work over the last few weeks finishing up this round of the club’s “Flags Over Charles City” project. Schwarz said that 83 flags will be in place at residences throughout town in time for today’s Flag Day observance, June 14.

“This is our second run,” Schwarz said. “The first run was Memorial Day, and this is for Flag Day, and there’s more to come.”

The Flags Over Charles City program is a subscription flag service of the Charles City Lions Club. The Lions will set up and remove a 3-by-5 foot American flag on a 10-foot steel pole, with an 18-inch flag holder buried near sidewalk at surface level. Club members have spent the last couple of months preparing the flags, the poles and the platforms for the flags.

Cost to have a flag displayed in your yard over a patriotic holiday is $30 for five display days — Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Veterans Day.

All funds raised are used to support Lions Club community projects. Among many other things, the club subsidizes hearing aids and eyeglasses for residents and children in the community, conducts free vision tests on preschoolers, and recycles about 800 eyeglasses a year which are sent abroad through Lions Club International.

Anyone interested in adding a flag to their yard for the duration of a future holiday is encouraged to fill out an online form.

“Go to the charlescitylionsclub.org, there is an application on there to fill out,” Schwarz said.

Flags can also be displayed in remembrance of certain individuals. Of the 83 flags sold and set up, 14 have been designated to be displayed in honor of people chosen by the purchasers.

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