VFW Auxiliary honors displays of patriotism
Marion residents and businesses that regularly display the American flag may some day find Mary Olson at their doors to thank them.
Olson is the patriotic instructor for the Marion VFW Post 6958 Ladies Auxiliary, and a project of the organization is to promote and recognize flag displays.
“It’s part of my duty to go around and see who’s flying flags and give them a certificate,” Olson said. “I have done 20 of them so far.”
Olson has awarded business certificates to Holdeman’s Barber Shop and Zimmerman’s.
“I haven’t done too many for the business people, but that’s the first time I’ve noticed theirs,” Olson said of Zimmerman’s.
Zimmerman’s owner Ida French said she plans to frame the award and display it in the restaurant.
“I think it’s our American responsibility to fly the colors,” French said. “It’s nice to know others feel the same way.”
French said raising Old Glory is a tradition that stems from family service. Her father, Bill Keith, was a Marine, her grandfather was a gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress, and two great uncles also served in the military.
“Growing up, we always had a flag out on the front porch,” French said.
The response from people to the certificates has been gratifying, Olson said.
“They really think I’ve given them quite an appreciation, even though it’s just that little piece of paper I’ve run off,” Olson said. “They seem to enjoy it.”
The auxiliary promotes flag displays in other ways, Olson said.
“We give flags to those who have tattered and torn flags,” she said. “We also hand out literature on how to fly the flag.”
Some people may need a new flag after the recent severe thunderstorm, Olson said.
“Mine got pretty tattered and torn in the storm,” she said. “If you have one that’s flying, I can get a new one for you.”
Those interested in obtaining a new flag should contact auxiliary president Donna Kreutziger at (620) 382-2931.
Last modified Sept. 10, 2014