During their meeting on Tuesday, the Jefferson County Commissioners showed their support for replacing the cotton flags used for the Avenue of Flags with nylon ones that can be used in all types of weather.
Veteran’s Service Officer Ken Dodge brought the idea before the commissioners, explaining that there are approximately 240 flags to replace at the cost of $4,800. He intends to purchase the flags from the Fairbury Flag Lady, Peggy Galloway.
“The Avenue of Flags got started in about 1990,” said Dodge. “There was 320 sockets out there. In the past, the flags we’ve put out have been the 5X9 cotton flags, and if they got wet, you couldn’t take them down or they’d melt.”
The cotton flags used in the Avenue of Flags were donated by the families of fallen veterans, Dodge explained. In 2016, the county purchased 80 nylon flags to go around the perimeter of the courthouse during bad weather, so that some flags could be displayed during holidays and special occasions. Dodge explained he wanted to finish replacing the rest of the flags.
“What I’m wanting to do is I want you, the county commissioners, to fund replacing the 5X9 cotton flags with 4X6 nylon flags,” Dodge said. “They look nice when they’re out there. If they’re all nylon, we’ll put them out in the weather and take them down. In 20 minutes they can be dried. It just works better, and I think if they were just 4X6, nobody’s going to know any difference.”
Dodge explained that the VFW is working on a project to display the donated flags at the VFW on special shelves. He stated that if family members do not want to have their donated flag on display at the VFW, they can visit with Dodge at the Veteran’s Service Office to pick it up.
“The flags that aren’t picked up, we can display at the VFW,” said Dodge.
Dodge also asked the commissioners for approval to replace the caps covering the sockets for flag poles on the courthouse lawn with shorter caps that are less likely to be damaged. The commissioners asked if Dodge’s budget could help support replacing the flags, and he stated, with the help of the VFW and the American Legion, they could come up with roughly half of the money needed for the project. The commissioners agreed to support the project.