Buy a new Old Glory

Published 12:51 am Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Did anyone notice the new American flags flapping in the breeze in downtown Washington during the Fourth of July holiday weekend? We sure did.

It was an inspiring sight – an Old Glory on this utility post, another Old Glory on that utility post and so forth and so on. The display of all the red, white and blue was awesome.

Well, those flags didn’t just show up over night. They showed up because of the Washington Harbor District Alliance’s flag project to help beautify downtown. Bob Henkel, owner of Inner Banks Artisans’ Center, collaborated with WHDA to bring the project to fruition. The flags will fly during national holidays.

The program caught the eyes of other downtown merchants, including Gary Ceres, co-owner of I Can’t Believe It’s a Book Store.

“It’s just a good opportunity for people to be a part of the beautification of downtown Washington and show their patriotism,” Ceres said in a recent interview. “I really do think it’s something that people can contribute to and be proud of.”

Well said, Mr. Ceres.

Participating in the flag program is a good way for area folks to show their patriotism. It’s a way to show our support for the Marines, sailors, airmen, troops and Coast Guard personnel who are fighting to preserve and protect the freedoms we cherish and that are symbolized by Old Glory.

Ready to show your love and support for this country by participating in WHDA’s flag program? Here’s how to do just that.

Purchase a flag for your home and/or business for $20, or donate a 3-foot-by-5-foot American flag to the project by making a $20 contribution. A $50 donation provides the project a complete flag kit that includes a pole bracket and securing strap. They can be bought at The Rich Company (downtown office), Purser’s Chest, I Can’t Believe It’s a Book Store, Century 21 The Realty Group, Washington Visitor Center, The Meeting Place, Riverwalk Gallery, Pirate’s Pub and Inner Banks Artisans’ Center.

By the way, the flags are made in the USA. That’s how it should be.