Who Puts All those Flags Out Along Gleneagle Drive on July 4th?
The flags along Gleneagle Drive have been a neighborhood tradition since 2000. Terry Galloway, the Flag Lady, started the tradition to advertise her real estate business. Terry of Terry@RealEstatebyTerry.com joined Gleneagle Sertoma Club in 2003 and suggested the club continue the tradition as a community service. Each year 16-18 volunteers assemble at 6 AM on the 4th of July, or this year on the 3rd, to place 400 flags along the 2.5 mile stretch of Gleneagle Drive from Struthers on the south to Baptist Road on the north.
Due to the plentiful and much needed rain, this was the easiest "Planting Day" ever.
Sertoma Clubs across the United States use flags on 4th of July, patriotic speech contests and essay contests to remind us of our great “National Heritage” – Freedom and Democracy.
Sertoma, an International organization of community service volunteers, has just embarked on it’s second century of SERvice TO MAnkind. The primary mission of Sertoma is Hearing Health, extending Speech and Hearing services to those in need AND reaching out with a host of other projects benefiting the local community. If you would like to learn more about Gleneagle Sertoma and the national organization go to our website at www.gleneaglesertoma.org . You can also call Bob Duckworth (719) 481-4608 or Garrett Barton (719) 488-8155.
But where do all the flags go after the 4th? The team picks them up a day or two after the 4th and they go to Terry’s garage where some need cleaning and some need new cards in preparation for next year. “We lose a few each year,” Terry says, “but we expect that and plan for it. We just hope the residents enjoy the experience of driving down Gleneagle Drive on the 4th of July.”
July 9, 2016
Once again I thank you for the flags along Gleneagle Drive. More importantly for your service to our community and for your authentic Patriotism. I come from a very military family - both on my Mom's side and my Dad's side. Eight uncles in WWII, uncles and cousins in Korea and Viet Nam, and my son is in Navy intelligence stationed at Fort Bragg, NC. Now you know why I appreciate your Patriotism. Keep up your good work. Ciao,