Man­teca chamber needs groups of vol­un­teers to help place 2,400 flags

Manteca Bulletin - - Local/state -

The chances are good that hun­dreds of the 2,400 flags that typ­i­cally line the streets of Man­teca on La­bor Day will be miss­ing due to a short­age of vol­un­teers.

Due to con­flicts the Man­teca Chamber of Commerce is short groups to place and re­trieve flags on Mon­day along sec­tions of Main Street and Yosemite Av­enue

“We re­ally need groups of about eight peo­ple,” chamber Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Joann Beat­tie.

They can be from or­ga­ni­za­tions or even fam­ily, friends or neigh­bors

Those who can help are asked to con­tact Beat­tie at 209.823.6121.

The chamber as­sisted by vol­un­teers has been plac­ing the flags at least seven times year dur­ing ap­pro­pri­ate anniversaries since the first an­niver­sary of the ter­ror­ist at­tacks of Sept. 11, 2011. The num­ber of flags — 2,403 to be ex­act — re­flects the num­ber of ser­vice­men that died at Pearl Har­bor on Dec. 7, 1941.

Vol­un­teers help place the flags right around dawn and then re­trieve them at mid-af­ter­noon.

Flags are placed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Pres­i­dents Day, Armed Forces Day, Memo­rial Day, Flag Day, In­de­pen­dence Day, La­bor Day, Pa­triot Day (9-11), Veter­ans Day and Pearl Har­bor Day.

Bul­letin file photo

Arvin Reed of the Sun­rise Ki­wa­nis places a flag dur­ing a re­cent hol­i­day.

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