Traverse City Record-Eagle


May 26, 2014

Northern Notes: New, traditional efforts remember veterans

Nothing is more inspiring than a field of American flags displayed for a holiday to make a person feel patriotic, and the Kiwanis Club of Traverse City has embarked on a new “Kiwanis Flag Project” fundraiser to help underwrite its mission to serve children and the community.

The Kiwanis Club approached community businesses to subscribe to having a flag displayed in specific locations on Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. The Kiwanis Club will do all the setup, storage and maintenance of the flags.

“We have had a great response from area businesses in subscribing to our flag project,” said Liz Sayre-King, president of the Kiwanis Club of Traverse City. “The visual impact is meant to be a point of pride, to see some 250 flags displayed during these patriotic holidays and knowing children will be served in our community because of this effort.”

Flags will be displayed starting with today’s Memorial Day holiday at the new YMCA on Silver Lake Road, Veteran’s Park on 11th Street, Bryant Park on Peninsula Drive, and Darrow Park on Bay Street. To learn more about the project, visit


The American Legion Auxiliary Bowen Holliday Unit 35 wrote to thank everyone who supported its Poppy distribution.

The tradition of handing out poppies in remembrance of fallen soldiers started in November 1918 in New York after World War I, when concerned veterans and citizens knew that disabled veterans and their families needed help. The poppies are made by veterans in rehabilitation hospitals and are a thank-you from the disabled veterans for the donations given to them.

“The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 35 would like to thank all (the) generous citizens who donated to our poppy program,” wrote Auxiliary Poppy Chair Rebecca Lawrence and Legion Poppy Chair Larry Kidd. “Special thanks to Sam’s Club, Wal-Mart, Oleson’s West and Tom’s 14th Street for allowing us to stand in front of their establishments to raise the needed monies. The money collected is given to many local veterans in need of medical care and (to help with) life’s various problems. Thanks again for your donations.”

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