By Dawn Bormann
Expect to see dozens of American flags become part of the Johnson Drive scenery by tonight. The City of Mission will begin installing about 55 flags on Johnson Drive today in time for Memorial Day.
“By the end of the week you’ll be able to look up and down Johnson Drive and see the flags flying,” Mission City Administrator Laura Smith said this week.
The project is part of a new effort in Mission that allows individuals to donate $50 a flag to honor family or friends. The city will then send a note to that person or that person’s family to let them know about the flag.
The effort just started, but has already proved popular. “We’ve already had close to $700 donated toward that flag project,” Smith said.
The flag can be donated on behalf of a veteran or anyone, Smith told Mission City Council members during a meeting Wednesday.
The city will install about 41 flags on decorative light poles between Lamar and Nall avenues. Another 13 flags will adorn decorative poles from Nall Avenue to Roeland Drive.
If it’s successful, the city will consider expanding the program. “There are certainly other opportunities on decorative poles, whether that be in Mission Crossing or some other locations around town,” Smith said.
The flags will be up in time for Memorial Day and remain there to celebrate Flag Day on June 14 and through Independence Day. The city will likely take down the flags after that but return the patriotic display by Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans’ Day.