Flags assembled for Field of Honor

MALVERN – Over 800 flags were assembled and are on display at the Rotary Club of Malvern’s Field of Honor event through July 16.

Scouts from Girl Scout Troop 60314, Boy Scout Troop 155, and Cub Pack 155 helped the Rotary Club of Malvern assemble 801 flags, working nine hours over two days. The flags are on display in the Rotary’s Field Of Honor at Malvern United Methodist Church, 121 Wood St. in Malvern. The event will coincide with FliteFest 2017 which takes place at the John Furey airstrip.

The flags arrived at the rear door of the Damascus Friends Church from the Colonial Flag Company in Utah on three large pallets June 30. They were unloaded and moved into the building with the help of a tow motor from Crowl Lumber Company and two pallet jacks from Robertson’s Building Supply.

“The girls are working for badges in a couple of areas, but mostly this is intended to help them know what’s going on in the world,” said Becky Oberlin, Girl Scout leader. “We want the girls to learn about soldiers and to help people work things out.”

Workers took 8-foot poles, put two O-rings on, capped them with a gold ball cap, and then, using zip ties, added the 3’x5’ flags. Finally, the flags were furled and wrapped in bundles of 10 in preparation for their trip to the Field.

“It was quite a task for kids under five feet tall” said Rev. WallyAnderson, one of the Rotarians.

In the evening 24 youth, their scout leaders, and families from the Boy and Girl Scout troops and the Cub Pack helped for another two hours to assemble flags. Most were working for their community service hours and flags continued to pile up.

Thursday morning the girl scouts and cub scouts returned to finish the assembly process in a final two hours of work.

Donors and sponsors can pick up their flags starting Saturday evening through Sunday afternoon. Flags that are not picked up will be stored by the Rotary Club until they can be picked up.

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