Dun­dalk his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety col­lect­ing funds for flags

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By NICOLE RODMAN nrod­man@ches­pub.com PHOTO BY NICOLE RODMAN

Joe Stadler is on a mis­sion. His goal — to cover Veter­ans Park and the me­dian strip on Dun­dalk Av­enue with as many Amer­i­can flags as pos­si­ble in time for this year’s Veter­ans Day

ob­ser vance.

Stadler, with the Dun­dalk-Pat­ap­sco Neck His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, is co­or­di­nat­ing Veteran’s Day Flags over Dun­dalk. The project aims to raise funds to pur­chase small Amer­i­can flags to be dis­played in the week lead­ing up to Nov. 11.

Ac­cord­ing to Stadler, he was in­spired by see­ing a dis­play of more than 2,000 Amer­i­can flags along Putty Hill Road in Parkville on the an­niver­sary of the Sept. 11 at­tacks.

See­ing the po­ten­tial for a sim­i­lar project here in Dun­dalk, Stadler took the idea to the board of the his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety, which agreed to spon­sor the project.

The aim is to honor veter­ans, boost pa­tri­o­tism and boost the com­mu­nity.

“It demon­strates a bit of pride in the com­mu­nity for Veter­ans Day,” Stadler noted.

The ini­tial goal of the project was to raise $1,000. How­ever, with just a few men­tions in the his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety news­let­ter and the St. He­lena Red Rocket com­mu­nity news­let­ter, the ef­fort has al­ready ex­ceeded that goal to the tune of $1,600.

Now, Stadler has a new goal in mind.

“Wouldn’t it be nice if we could reach 3,000 flags?”

The re­quested do­na­tion is $10, though more is ap­pre­ci­ated as well. Each flag costs just over a dol­lar, mean­ing that for each dol­lar raised, ap­prox­i­mately one flag is pur­chased. All pro­ceeds go to­ward pur­chas­ing flags.

Flags are 18” x 13”, mounted on a wooden stick.

Do­na­tions may be made in memo­riam or in the name of an in­di­vid­ual/cou­ple/or­ga­ni­za­tion.

All con­tri­bu­tion in­for­ma­tion is be­ing col­lected for pub­li­ca­tion in a pro­gram book­let and/or an up­com­ing is­sue of the Dun­dalk Ea­gle.

Checks made out to DPNHS with memo note “Flag Project” may be mailed to the Dun­dalk-Pat­ap­sco Neck His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, P.O. Box 21781, Dun­dalk, MD 21222. Cash or check will be ac­cepted at the mu­seum, lo­cated at 4 Cen­ter Place across from the Dun­dalk Post Of­fice in the Dun­dalk Vil­lage Shop­ping Cen­ter.

The dead­line for do­nat­ing to the project is Mon­day, Oct. 1. Flags will be dis­played in the week be­fore Veter­ans Day on Nov. 11.

Af­ter the hol­i­day, the flags will be col­lected and put out again for each year’s Veter­ans Day ob­ser­vance.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Veter­ans Day Flags Over Dun­dalk, call the Dun­dalk-Pat­ap­sco Neck His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety at 410-284-2331.

Veter­ans Day Flags Over Dun­dalk is spon­sored by the Dun­dalk-Pat­ap­sco Neck His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.

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