Lions, Optimists brave coronavirus to raise flags over Perry

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Perry Lion Gary Becker was among the volunteers practicing social distancing Monday in the Flags over Perry project

Members of the Perry Lions Club and the Perry Optimist Club practiced social distancing Monday when they raised some 250 U.S. flags around town in the Memorial Day observance of the Flags over Perry project.

The volunteers raised the flags starting at 6:30 a.m. and lowered them about 6:30 p.m., narrowly missing the heavy rain showers.

Now in its fifth year, the Flags over Perry project is a partnership of the two civic clubs by which Perry residents can have the Perry Lions and Perry Optimists place an American Flag on their property on each of five annual federal holidays: Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Veterans Day.

The annual cost for participation is $25. Interested residents can fill out an order form or contact Lion Dave Wright at 515-240-7281.

Money raised from the flag project funds Optimist Club scholarships for Perry youth and various Lions Club projects, such as eyeglasses for the needy, seeing-eye dogs, summer camp for handicapped children and many other worthwhile activities.

More and more Perry residents are participating in the Flags over Perry program, a partnership project of the Perry Optimist Club and the Perry Lions Club. Photo courtesy Ray Harden

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