Manteca chamber needs groups of volunteers to help place 2,400 flags
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.
Arvin Reed of the Sunrise Kiwanis places a flag during a recent holiday.