It’s been a tradition for American Legion Post 141 and Auxiliary Unit 141 members to purchase American flags for the City of LaFayette. The groups made a donation a few years ago and now they are adding to the city’s collection.
Last week, Legion and Auxiliary members presented city officials with 30 new flags and flagpoles in a special ceremony at the Chambers County Courthouse. The flags are flown around the city during certain holidays, such as Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. The new ones were given just in time to be put on display for this week’s Independence Day holiday.
“The city really appreciates what American Legion Post 141 and Auxiliary Unit 141 have done for LaFayette,” Mayor Barry Moody said. “They will help us continue to display our patriotism, and we look forward to putting them out for the Fourth of July.”
In total, the city now has 80 flags it displays, but Legion and Auxiliary members say more are needed to display along the main streets and highways in town. “We want them all the way up Hwy 431, out Ave. A, on Hwy 50 and up Hwy 77,” Legion Adjutant Harold McGill said. “In all we need about 100 more.” They are inviting the public to help make this possible by setting up a fund strictly for flag purchases.
McGill said that anyone wishing to make a donation toward this project in honor or memory of someone should make checks payable to The American Legion Post: Flags and mail to The American Legion, P.O. Box 494, LaFayette, AL, 36862. “The money will only be used to purchase flags,” McGill said. Together, the flags and poles cost about $25 each.