When you see the stars and stripes waving bravely in the cold wind today, Presidents Day, think of the volunteers who put them up, and the area citizens and businesses that donated their resources to give us shiny new American Flags and the equipment to put them up.
Jim and Sylvi Caporale, of American Flags and Poles, along with an anonymous donor, bought flags and donated them to Marietta Main Street, 132 Putnam St., to proudly fly on our downtown streets. Apex True Value Hardware donated two 8-foot aluminum ladders to assist in the installation and removal of the flags. Jeremy Grosklos is chair of the flag program this year.
The removal of the flags will be done on Saturday, Feb. 22, by a group of Marietta College students, organized through the Office of Civic Engagement. "Our students are engaged with Marietta Main Street throughout the year," said Cristie Thomas, coordinator. "Shoveling snow, weeding flower beds, and flag duty are just a few of the things we've helped with. We know how important it is to be a part of helping in our downtown, and our students gain valuable experience by engaging with the folks who care about these things".
American Flags go up throughout the year as follows: Presidents Day (Feb. 17), Marietta's Birthday (April 7), Memorial Day (May 26), Flag Day (June 14), Independence Day (July 4), Labor Day (Sept. 1), Columbus Day (Oct. 13), Election Day ( Nov. 4), Veterans Day (Nov. 11).
"Downtown Marietta is the economic engine, the big stage, our community hub. It's a place of shared memory where we can come together to work, live, and engage with one another", said Jean G. Farmer, executive director of Marietta Main Street. "We invite everyone to participate in our organization."
Marietta Main Street is Ohio's newest Main Street Community. A nonprofit organization in Marietta, Marietta Main Street brings people together to preserve, enhance and enjoy downtown Marietta.