NEW PHILADELPHIA Encouraging residents to "salute freedom," members of the New Philadelphia Rotary Club will again offer to place an American flag at homes and businesses within New Philadelphia city limits for seven patriotic holidays in 2017.

"This program is an easy and respectful way to express your patriotism by displaying the American flag," said Travis Alberts, president of the New Philadelphia Rotary. "For an annual fee of $25, club members will install the flag in your yard prior to the Memorial Day holiday weekend and leave in it place for the patriotic holidays of Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Patriots' Day, Election Day and Veterans Day."

Proceeds from the Salute Freedom project are used by the Rotary to cover the cost of the American-made flag and material. Any profit is used by the club to fund local student scholarships.

"We have more than 160 flag locations scattered around New Philadelphia," Alberts said. "But we'd like to see neighbors get together and create blocks, even entire streets of flags all standing tall in a line in front of homes. It would be an impressive sight."

Homeowners and business owners are invited to join in the Rotary's Salute Freedom program. Application forms are available at the club's website www.newphiladelphiarotary.com. and from any Rotarian. Forms are also available by email from information@newphiladelphiarotary.com.

Alberts said the embroidered flag is mounted to a 10-foot metal flag pole. The flag installation includes a PVC holder driven flush into the ground.

In addition to placing flags at homes and businesses around New Philadelphia, the club also places flags on light poles in the four blocks surrounding the downtown square and along N. Broadway by the Tuscora Park tennis courts.

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