Flags should be flown but should also be pro­tected

Cherokee County Herald - - VIEWPOINTS -

The Spirit of Chero­kee re­grets not be­ing able to put the Av­enue of Flags (High­way 411 from Cen­tre to Lees­burg) out on Me­mo­rial Day. There was wa­ter stand­ing in sec­tions of the me­dian from the heavy rain Fri­day night. Over the year as progress has been made with in­crease of shop­ping cen­ters and busi­nesses along Hwy 411, the drainage in the me­dian has changed. There was a 60% chance of rain from noon to 4pm. It takes 2 ½ to 3 hours to put out the flags, and same to take them down. If they get wet, it is very hard to dry them. We are blessed to have a sher­iff who al­lows in­mates to put out and take down the flags and crosses, and help keep the me­dian clean of trash. There is a big prob­lem with trash be­ing lit­tered along the high­way. The City of Cen­tre and the Town of Lees­burg take care of keep­ing the me­dian mowed and man­i­cured.

We will do our best to put them out on Flag Day in June. It sad­dens us when we are not able to put them out due to weather. The crosses rep­re­sent so many heroes from our area. We have also been try­ing to get street lights along the av­enue that will al­low us to leave them out for more than one day.

Im­por­tant things to re­mem­ber when dis­play­ing a flag; tra­di­tional guide­lines call for dis­play­ing the flag in pub­lic only from sun­rise to sun­set. How­ever, the flag may be dis­played at all times if it’s il­lu­mi­nated dur­ing dark­ness. The flag should not be sub­ject to weather dam­age, so it should not be dis­played dur­ing rain, snow and wind storms un­less it is an all-weather flag. The flag should never be fas­tened or dis­played in a way that will per­mit it to be dam­aged or soiled.

The Taste of Chero­kee will be tak­ing place on June 27th at 5:30pm at the Gads­den State Chero­kee Arena. The Taste is thirty plus restau­rants and cater­ers serv­ing their spe­cialty dish for you to taste. There will be a pa­tri­otic pro­gram fol­lowed with a con­cert by The Voice con­tes­tant, Sa­van­nah Leighton from Spring Gar­den, AL. The Taste of Chero­kee is a fund raiser to help fund the Av­enue of Flags and the up­keep it re­quires.

Thank you for your sup­port to the Av­enue of Flags.

The Spirit of Chero­kee is a non -profit or­ga­ni­za­tion of Vol­un­teers who spon­sor events: The Taste of Chero­kee, The Av­enue of Flags, Miss Snowflake Pageant, and The County Christ­mas Pa­rade. We ap­pre­ci­ate all the vol­un­teers who help with these events. We are al­ways look­ing for more vol­un­teers.

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