On national patriotic holidays, many Americans take the time to go outside and fly the American flag. While businesses have the same right, many don’t have the time or understand the proper etiquette for handling and displaying.
Taking all the guesswork out, the Payson Lions Charitable Foundation has launched a new service. For a $30 donation, members of the club will display a flag at a home or business for six major holidays a year, including Presidents, Memorial, Flag, Independence, Labor and Veterans Days.
Volunteers will put the flag up in the morning, on either the building or on a pole staked in the ground, and remove it that night.
The donation is tax deductible and some taxpayers may claim it as a tax credit.
All money raised through the program is used to help the working poor in Payson.
The foundation provides free eye exams, eyeglasses and hearing aids to qualified, low-income individuals.
Annually, the club helps anywhere from 60 to 80 people with hearing or eye exams, said Bill Davis, Fly the Flag coordinator.
Money raised through the program is also used to help fund Camp Tatiyee for the physically and mentally challenged in Pinetop and provide leader dogs for the blind.
Since the flag program started in May 2010, 75 businesses have signed up. And with Payson the Flag Capital of Arizona, Davis hopes more people will join.
Call Davis at (928) 474-2176 or Curt Higgins at (928) 474-8833 to sign up for the Fly the Flag program or to volunteer with the Lions Club.
Send donations to: Payson Lions Club, P.O. Box 436, Payson, AZ 85547.