This weekend may be the start of summer for some, but in my town, it’s known as the start of flag season. The local Eagles Club provides a service project whereby members place American flags outside businesses for each patriotic holiday this summer: Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. The companies pay for the flags, but the Eagles do all the work: setting them up a few days before and taking them down on Monday after the designated event.
Many businesses participate in this project and so the flags become very noticeable. With the benefit of a little breeze as was the case this weekend, Old Glory is even more glorious.
The flag project is a perfect intersection between service and visibility. So often, good deeds are done to individuals or behind-the-scenes in ways that not many can see: a donation, a scholarship or helping someone who has medical issues, but the flags bring a wave of patriotism to many.
This Memorial Day remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for your freedom and pay them tribute by serving in a way that brings joy to another.