Flags will fly in Statesboro and around the nation this Memorial Day as a way to show patriotism and honor fallen soldiers.
If you haven’t yet graced your home with the red, white and blue, a local charity is offering to help in a way that provides homes for those in need, as well.
Six times a year on patriotic holidays, volunteers with Habitat for Humanity of Bulloch County will place American flags on your property, said Marcus Toole, regional development coordinator with Habitat.
The service includes placement of the flags as well as removal, and the annual subscription fee of $45 will help raise funds to build the 50th Habitat House in the Bulloch area, he said.
“Habitat for Humanity of Bulloch County is proud to honor the fallen soldiers through our flag program,” he said. “Just before Memorial Day, numerous dedicated Habitat flag volunteers will be going around neighborhoods putting U.S. flags in the yards of people who have purchased a $45 subscription to the flag program.”
He and other Habitat volunteers hope to encourage residents to subscribe, this helping raise the funds for the 50th home. The 48th Habitat house was just completed, and funds are in place for No. 49, said Linda Christy, executive director for Habitat for Humanity of Bulloch County.
The Bulloch County flag program started in 1996, four years after Habitat started, she said. That first year, 50 flags were placed, and the number of residents subscribing to the service has now risen to more than 300.
The organization helps provide homes for families who otherwise could not afford to own a home. The program requires potential home owners and their friends and family members to help work on construction of the home.
To subscribe to the flag service, call the Habitat office at (912) 489-2076 or visit the website, she said. Flags are placed on Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Patriot Day (9/11) and Veterans Day.
“Just think – 50 houses, 50 stars, 50 states,” Toole said.
Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.