The American Legion Auxillary Post 171 of Damascus is hoping to bring a little piece of home to soldiers deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The auxillary has committed to assembling 300 pocket-sized American flags as part of the Pocket Flag Project.
The objective of the nationwide program is to get as many flags as possible into the pockets of military personnel on the front lines. The flags, which will be placed in baggies, include a note expressing that the Damascus post has the servicemen in their thoughts, according Liz Popowsky, chairwoman of the project.
“I’m really excited to be getting the unit involved in this,” she said. “I’m hoping to make it a continuing thing.”
Popowsky said that the group plans to start assembling the flags in the next few weeks and will then send them to national Pocket Flag Project organizers to be distributed. Assembling organizations can request that the flags be given to local servicemen and units being deployed, Popowsky said.
“I’m hoping to learn of a unit who will be deployed or who is deployed that we can send them to so we can add a personal touch,” she said.