The city has agreed to take responsibility for a popular program that lines Osage Street with American flags on light standards on six holidays.
Nancy Omer, Lions flag chair, addressed aldermen July 18, asking the city to take over the program.
For the past four years, the Lions Club has placed 80 flags along the street for Memorial Day, Flag Day, July 4, Labor Day, Patriots’ Day and Veterans Day.
The program grew out of an event in Pacific for returning servicemen.
“In April 2012 when Jeffrey White, who was killed in Afghanistan, was brought home, a huge crowd lined Osage,” Omer said. “It was raining, but it didn’t matter. We all stood there holding flags under our umbrellas.”
The Pacific Lions Club instituted the program to line the street with flags on patriotic holidays. The club asked the city tourism commission to purchase the flags, but Lions club volunteers put the flags up, took them down and stored them between holidays.
Lions have turned to the American Legion, JROTC, Kiwanis, Dave Sinclair, Marines and the Myers family for help.
“The Pacific police also have helped,” Omer said. “We’re asking the city to take this over.”
Alderman Steve Myers, who has installed the flags with the help of his son Zach, said it takes about two hours to load the flags and install them on the light standards, and about an hour and a half to take them down and bring them back to storage.
“The city actually owns the flags,” Omer said. “And the city installed the brackets on the light standards to hold the flags.
“Like a lot of clubs, our members are aging and many are women who lack the physical strength to place the flags,” she said. “We’re asking the city to take over the task.”
Public Works Commissioner Robert Brueggemann said his crews would have no problem storing the flags and installing them on the designated holidays.
Following a motion and second, aldermen voted for the city to accept responsibility for the flag program.
The Lions Club will continue its practice of placing flags in front of businesses on the same six holidays. Businesses pay an annual fee of $25 for the service.