Forest of unfurled flags planned for this weekend downtown

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Perry Lions Club President Dave Wright lays the groundwork for next week's Flags over Perry promotion. The program aims to sign up downtown retailers and property owners by flying about 100 flags next Thursday, Friday and Saturday along Second Street between Otley Avenue and Pattee Street.

Among the flag raisers in the Flags over Perry program are Lions and Optimists, clockwise from left, Dave Wright, John Andorf, Rich Saemisch, Jim McCauley, Allen Becker, Gary Becker, Jim George, Lou Hoger, Cole Adair, Clark Wicks and Jack Shelker. Photo courtesy Lions Club Secretary Ray Harden
Among the flag raisers in the first year of the Flags over Perry program were Lions and Optimists, clockwise from left, Dave Wright, John Andorf, Rich Saemisch, Jim McCauley, Allen Becker, Gary Becker, Jim George, Lou Hoger, Cole Adair, Clark Wicks and Jack Shelker. Photo courtesy Lions Club Secretary Ray Harden

Flying fast on the heels of this weeks’ fireworks fundraising promotion, the Flags over Perry program will fill downtown with furling next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, when 62 U.S. flags are raised along Second Street between Willis Avenue and the U.S. Post Office at Pattee Street.

Perry Lions Club Dave Wright spent Saturday afternoon planting pole holders along the commercial thoroughfare in advance of next week’s promotion. The Flags over Perry program, sponsored by the Lions and the Perry Optimist Club, raises flags in Perry residents’ yards on five national holidays for a $25 annual fee.

Wright said the downtown promotion aims to bring business and property owners along Second Street into the program, where a forest of flags will make an old, glorious impression.

“We’ll have 62 north of Willis and another 30-some south along Second Street and on both sides of the Carnegie,” Wright said. He said that citywide about 170 Perry residents participated in the program in its first year.

“We hope this year to bring that total to 300,” he said.

Following the three-day flag waving, Wright will sign up new Flags over Perry participants in the downtown commercial community.

Wright said he will also be seeking donations at the same time for the downtown Adopt a Planter program. Downtown businesses will be asked to donate money for flowers to adorn the concrete planters standing before their storefronts.

For more information or to order your flag, call 515-240-7281.

About 170 Perry residents took part in the first year of the Flags over Perry program. The Perry Lions and Optimists are aiming for 300 this year.
About 170 Perry residents took part in the first year of the Flags over Perry program. The Perry Lions and Optimists are aiming for 300 this year.

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