A community tradition continued this Veteran’s Day with Brookings decked out in 300 American flags, plus those representing the U.S. Coast Guard, Merchant Marines, Navy, Army, Air Force, Marines, prisoners of war, and service men and women missing in action (POW-MIA).
Members of the Brookings Cub and the Boy Scouts, parents and other community volunteers placed the flags for Monday up and down each side of U.S. Highway 101.
Mary Fox has been involved with the Scouts since 1989. “This project started originally with Businesses for a Better Brookings,” she said. “They passed it on to Vietnam Vets, who passed it on to us in about 2004.
“The Scouts put out these flags on 10 holidays throughout the year.”
The flags are installed - weather and school permitting - on Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July, Patriot Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Columbus Day, Martin Luther King Day and President’s Day.
“This is important, so that our kids learn about the flag and their county and how to respect it, how to treat it and what’s important,” Fox said.
The Scouts offer subscriptions at $35 per year to have each of the flags positioned at various points along Highway 101 in Brookings. The money collected through the subscriptions is used to help fund the operations and program costs for the local Scouts.
Fox said she enjoys placing the flags and keeping the tradition alive. “Both my boys are Eagle Scouts and my dad was a veteran,” she said. “So, doing this is a win-win for me.”
To find out more about the Scout flag subscriptions, call 541-469-8939 or 541-469-4529.