WADDINGTON – The American Legion Post 420 and its auxiliary have partnered to inspire patriotism in the north country.
The groups are currently selling American flags at the post, 23 Fenton St.
Unlike purchasing a flag from a big box store, a portion of the proceeds will be given to American Legion programs that help military families and veterans, Auxiliary President Tracey S. Putney said Monday.
Were not profiting, Mrs. Putney said. That money stays for the programs. A share goes to the American Legion organization and a share goes to the American Legion in Waddington.
The Waddington Legion sponsors a number of projects throughout the year, including scholarships such as the Legacy Scholarship for graduating seniors who have lost a parent while serving in combat, and assisting the Disabled American Veterans, Wounded Warrior Project, and Veterans Administration hospitals and clinics.
Theres a lot that people dont see, said Mrs. Putney. Many local veterans donate their time, to drive each other to and from appointments to the medical centers and clinics in Massena, Albany and Syracuse.
The program is part of the Auxiliarys Americanism Project. The goal of the project is to promote pride for America, Mrs. Putney said.
Were so lucky to live here in America, Mrs. Putney said. People take that for granted. I love the American flag, and I hate to see one torn or tattered.
As part of the Americanism project, the group sponsors community activities such as the Sept. 11 Memorial Ceremony in Waddington. The group is currently planning a Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11.
The project is in the works right now, said Mrs. Putney.
The groups are selling the three-foot-by-five-foot nylon American flags for $13.50.
Prisoner of war/missing in action or military flags are available in a variety of sizes as well.
Flags can be picked up at the Legion or customers can make other arrangements at the time of order.
For more information, contact Mrs. Putney at 388-4401 or Jill Rheume at 244-9255. Orders may be sent to the Auxiliary with a check at P.O. Box 321, Waddington, N.Y., 13694.
Any worn flags may be turned in to any American Legion for proper disposal, Mrs. Putney said.
If you go to the trouble to put up your flag, give it the respect that it deserves or take it down until it can be replaced, Mrs. Putney said. People put so much emphasis on how they look when they walk out the door, that sometimes we ignore and walk right by our flags. You would never walk outside with a ripped shirt.