You asked: American Legion posts flags nine days during the year

Published 10:17 am Saturday, January 21, 2012

The American Legion places flags outside businesses during holidays and on Election Day. -- File

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You asked: On what holidays are American flags posted in downtown Franklin and along Armory Drive, and why isn’t Martin Luther King Jr. Day included?

FRANKLIN—The Charles R. Younts American Legion Post 73 is responsible for posting the 3- by 5-foot American flags in front of businesses along Armory Drive and in downtown Franklin on holidays.

The holidays include President’s Day, Labor Day, Armed Forces Day, Columbus Day, Memorial Day, Election Day, Flag Day, Veterans Day and Fourth of July.

Post Commander David Flythe said Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be added. The list originally consisted of holidays related to veterans, but more holidays have been added through the years.

The Franklin post has participated in the program since the 1950s, Flythe said. Local businesses are charged $15 a year to have flags flown in front of their buildings.

The money is used to buy and maintain the 151 flags.

“We don’t really make any money off it,” he said. “It’s more of a patriotic thing.”

Downtown Franklin Association Executive Director Dan Howe said he likes the program and the patriotic message it sends.

“I think it’s a very good program for the community,” Howe said. “I think it’s nice.”

Businesses interested in participating can call 562-5797 or 653-0293.