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 Members of the Grove City Service Department hung American Flags on the Stringtown Road bridge on March 3. The city had to remove the flags this winter before they were scheduled to come down due to heavy damage.

American flags are again flying on the Stringtown Road bridge in a continued partnership between the City of Grove City and American Legion Paschall Post 164.

The flags, purchased by the American Legion, were installed by members of the Grove City Service Department on March 3.

A total of 44 flags are displayed on the fencing along the south side of the Stringtown Road bridge crossing Interstate 71. The vertically hung flags are orientated to traffic on Stringtown Road, according to proper etiquette which calls for the blue field or union to be placed to the observer’s left. The flags also are visible to traffic on the heavily traveled interstate.

American flags have been displayed in this location since May 2004, to honor the military and to display civic patriotism. In the past, the flags were replaced on a six-month rotation, using Memorial Day in May and Veterans’ Day in November as prompts.

However, heavy damage to flags this winter led the city to remove the flags for replacement with a more durable version. Flags removed from the bridge are given to the American Legion for proper disposal.

The higher quality product means a greater expense to the area veterans’ organization. The American Legion contributed more than $1,300 to the program, and is welcoming donations from the public to help defray costs. To make a donation to American Legion Paschall Post 164, contact Jack Perigo at 875-5106.

The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8198, located in the same facility, work to support and benefit local veterans and to conduct community service.

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