By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Draping Olde Town in red, white and blue
flag-program-IMG 5545
Stars and stripes: Gary Bridgewater, former Rotary president and committee chair, posts flags around Olde Town before the Flag Day weekend.
If Gary Bridgewater had his 'druthers, there would be rows upon rows of waving red, white and blue stretching down Main Street and all of Olde Town Conyers this weekend.

Bridgewater is the driving force behind the Rockdale Rotary Club's flag program and helps post flags at participating businesses during major patriotic holidays, including this upcoming Flag Day on Sunday.

But the program, which is going into its fourth year, does more than just put up and take down flags. It also allows a business owner to honor a military or non-military person, organization or group of people of their choice. A plaque inscribed with the name of the person/group honored and built with slot to hold a flag is installed onto the wall.

On holidays throughout the year - including Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day and Veteran's Day - Rotary members will put up a flag in the holder a few days before and take it down a few days after.

"Different people can do it for different people, whether it's your dad or grandma," said Bridgewater.

The inspiration for the project came from Bridgewater's experiences in another town. "When I was in my 20 in Kentucky, they did a similar thing there. Every parking meter had a slot where they put in a flag, I wanted to resurrect that, for all the stuff going on in the current war situation," he said. "I really would like to see the whole town flooded with flags."

Currently there are about 10 businesses in Olde Town signed up. The program costs $50 a year and is offered to businesses within the Olde Town economic area.

Business owners must have permission from the owner of the building before enrolling.

For more information on the program, call (770) 598-0850.