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Sandwich's 'keeper of the flags' to retire; tradition to continue

A flag flying at the old Sandwich library building at the corner of Railroad and Eddy streets.
A flag flying at the old Sandwich library building at the corner of Railroad and Eddy streets.

For about six months of each year, from Memorial Day through Veterans Day, more than 20 American flags wave proudly over the streets of downtown Sandwich.

For as long as any current members of the Sandwich Lions Club can remember, the club has been responsible for purchasing, maintaining, storing, putting up and taking down the flags.

Lion John Hallaron has assumed leadership of this project for many years. Hallaron will retire from this position when the flags come down after Veterans Day. Lion Rick Lindner is set to take over as “keeper of the flags.”

Hallaron recalls that the original plan called for flags to be put up and taken down for each national holiday. During the Iran hostage crisis in 1979, the decision was made to keep the flags waving continuously until the American hostages were released. 

Since that time, the flags remain in their places continuously during the period between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

This spring, new flags complete with non-tangling staffs were purchased for about $60 per unit. Flags are replaced as needed when they become worn or faded. This is one of many ways in which the Sandwich Lions Club serves the community.

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