Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
(Excerpt, “The Star-Spangled Banner”)
The Exchange Club of Mesquite will raise “1,000 Flags over Mesquite” again this year, starting Sunday, Nov. 4.
The opening ceremony is to begin at 2 p.m. The flags will be on the west field of the Mesquite Recreation Center, 100 W. Old Mill Road.
“It’s quite a site,” said Sandra Edmonds, chairperson of this year’s event. “We have people going down the freeway honking their horns at us and pulling off the freeway to see what we are doing.”
Even although the flags are very impressive, Edmonds said she is even more amazed with the support the club gets with the event.
“On the day we assemble the field we don’t have to get anyone lined up to come and help, the people just start coming. Last year we put all 1,000 flags up in a little better than two hours. That’s quite an accomplishment,” she added.
Edmonds, whose husband was a Vietnam veteran, said she considers it an honor to put on the event and feels it’s a public statement on how the club and community feels about those who have served the country. Although the primary function of the Exchange Club of Mesquite is to prevent child abuse, patriotism is a large part of the program.
This is the seventh year the group has done the event. It will culminate with a closing ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day.
If you want to get involved or are looking for further information, contact Edmonds at 702-346-1200.