Last year, members of the Grove Rotary Club flag committee were presented with an idea.
Could members help line Highway 59, from Sail Boat Bridge to Honey Creek Bridge with American flags.
The idea became a reality, explained Ken Flowers, committee member, after funds were allocated by the club and other donations arrived from a number of sources.
Using those funds, rotary members purchased flags for the display. The brackets, which were installed on light poles, were provided free of charge by officials from Southwest and Associates in Burton, Kansas, to help kick off the program.
Flowers said the idea behind the placement is that the flags were secured to light poles or areas that receive ambient light.
US flag code simply states that unlighted flags can be displayed from sunrise to sunset, while flags displayed around the clock should be properly illuminated during hours of darkness.
Currently there are 160 flags starting at Sail Boat Bridge to the Dollar General with 15 flags in the downtown area.
Flowers said committee members plan to continue to add flags, bringing the total number up to 300 when the project is completed.
Flowers said the idea behind the project was to create a sense of pride in the nation, as well as a welcoming feeling for those driving into town.
The nylon flags were hung by a team of right before Memorial Day and will be taken down on Monday, following this weekend's Veterans Day events.
In the first season of hanging, Flowers said rotary members have replaced at least two flags which were torn, and later properly retired, and two which were stolen.
Flowers said rotary members plan to continue to expand the program in 2018, in with the goal of honoring veterans living within the area with the display.
Veterans Day Events
A Gathering of Vets
A Gathering of Vets takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at the CLC Building at First Baptist Church in Jay.
The meeting takes place on the second Thursday of each month, typically in the church's CLC Building, 503 North Fourth Street, Jay. Food will be available until it runs out.
The event is open to veterans and their guests. For more information, persons interested may contact Mary McQuoid at 918-801-6099.
Veterans Day in Grove
Gary Lane will be the guest speaker during the 2017 Veterans Day Assembly on Friday, Nov. 10, at Grove High School and at Grove Middle School.
Lane is a retired United States Air Force Colonel.
The event begins with a breakfast for veterans and their families, followed by the assembly. Veterans are asked to gather in the high school library at 8:45 a.m., for presentation of certificates and breakfast. The assembly will begin at 9:30 a.m., in the new performing arts center.
A shuttle will be provided beginning at 8:30 a.m., from the Cinema Six Theatre parking lot. Veterans are asked to contact the high school office by 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9, with a number of how many will be attending in their group.
The middle school assembly will start at approximately 1:30 p.m., at the Middle School Auditorium.
Jay Veterans Day Parade
A Veterans Day parade, hosted by the American Legion Post 195 and the Jay Chamber of Commerce, will take place at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 10, in Jay.
The parade route begins on First Street and will end at the Delaware County Courthouse. The event is designed to honor veterans.
For more information, persons interested may call 918-253-8968.
Veterans Day in Jay
Robert Lawson will be the guest speaker during the 2017 Veterans Day Assembly on Friday, Nov. 10, at Bulldog Arena on the campus of Jay Public Schools.
Lawson, a Vietnam War veteran and commander of the American Legion Post 195 in Jay.
The event, which is open to the public, follows the annual Veterans Day Parade in Jay. Lunch for veterans and their guests will follow the assembly at the high school.
Veterans Day Art Show
Members of the Jay High School Art Club will host a Veterans Day Art Show at noon, Friday, Nov. 10, at the Jay High School Student Commons.
The show will be open during the meal following the parade and Veterans Day Assembly at the high school.
Veterans will have an opportunity to vote for the winner during the luncheon.
Additionally a volunteer will be on hand, to take photos of the veterans with their grandchildren and other family members.
For more information, persons interested may contact Kit Coughran at 918-314-5994.
Grove Veterans Day Ceremony
Members of the Grove Ritual Team and the American Legion Women's Qualate-Pritchard Unit #178 Auxiliary will hold a short Veterans Day Ceremony, at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, at the honor walk on the Grove Community Center lawn.
During the event, the members of the auxiliary will place a memorial wreath on the Veterans Memorial. with a guest speaker. For more information, persons interested may call Roger Cook at 918-257-5898.
Rotary flag program contributors
Those who helped make the Grove Rotary flag project possible include:
Grove City Council
Grove City Manager - Bill Keefer
Southwest and Associates
Grove Rotary Board and Foundation
Dr. Doug Cox
The Dock Guys