BRUNSWICK — If Railroad Days looked more patriotic than ever, it may be because more flags were flying.
In the spring, Steadman-Keenan American Legion Post 96 decided that more American flags should fly more often around town, said Bob Effler, the post's second vice commander. As president of the post's American Legion Riders chapter, Effler set the group in motion to make it happen.
"It takes a community to run a town," he said in a telephone interview.
He went right to Mayor Karin Tome to find out what his outfit could do to get flags flying more often. A little research turned up that the city's supply of flags was a little tattered and included no more than 30, he said.
The post would like to double that number.
"If they're tattered, we'll take care of it," he said.
So far, the riders have raised $1,200, enough to buy 36 complete flag kits that include flag, rod and hardware. The post plans to keep raising money to replace and add to the flag supply, he said.
The post will also help put the flags up more often, he said. Hugh Powers, one of the post's members, works for the city and can drive the bucket truck needed to hang the flags.
The city accepted the offer Effler made during a City Council meeting.
“We love partnerships,” Tome said. “This ... is wonderful."
Effler said his group would like to see flags on as many utility poles as possible on at least the 10 days that veterans associate especially with patriotism and Brunswick's own Railroad Days. The list includes New Year's Day, Inauguration Day, Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Constitution Day and Veterans Day.
"We'd like to see the city show we are very patriotic," Effler said.
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