Independence Day is undeniably the biggest patriotic holiday of the year. As July 4 approaches, people can be seen decorating their homes with all things American. While all the patriots pull their streamers and holiday attire out of storage and head to the local firework stand, there is one image that ties all of Independence Day together, the American flag.
The American flag is very symbolic. Every aspect of the flag represents this nation’s history. People take pride in this strong expression of patriotism and display it proudly. Accordingly, the Kingwood Rotary Club shares this same honor with their Flags Across Kingwood Program that has been in place for 11 years.
The Flags Across Kingwood Program is a fundraiser that places an American flag in the front yard of any residence or business in exchange for an annual contribution of $50. The flag, pole and metal stake will be installed for these four national holidays: Memorial Day, July 4, Sept. 11, and Veteran’s Day. The flags are made in the United States and measure 3 feet by 5 feet on an 8-foot-high pole, displaying patriotic pride to the entire community.
All installation, removal, storage and maintenance of the flags is provided by the Kingwood Rotary Club.
Subscribers are expected to respectfully follow flag protocol while the flag is on their property. Subscriptions can be started prior to any of the above holidays, but the subscription must be submitted at least 10 days before the holiday. Once the payment and subscription form is received, the Kingwood Rotary Club will deliver the flag on the next patriotic holiday.
In accordance with the Rotary Club’s motto, “Service Above Self,” the Flags Across Kingwood Program is dedicated to helping others, with the proceeds being used to support a variety of service projects. These service projects provide health, humanitarian and youth service programs that further aid and develop the residents and institutions found in the local community.
“For example, we gave over $32,000 specifically to the children’s section of the Kingwood Branch Library that was flooded during Hurricane Harvey,” said President Charlie Buscemi. “Another program that we support is called EarlyAct First Knight at Bear Branch Elementary. It is a character-development program that teaches elementary kids morals and ethics.”
As far as why the program was developed, Buscemi said, “We think it’s an honor to put flags up around the Kingwood and Atascocita area. We think of it as a public service; it’s something that makes us feel good and we are proud of the American flag.”