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Ever wonder about the American flags that line Georgia Avenue and Md. 108 in the center of Olney?

It’s actually a community effort, and more community support is needed to keep the tradition flying.

The Mid-County Regional Services Center initially purchased the flags, in its effort to support communities such as Olney that were not incorporated and therefore could not generate their own revenue for such community projects.

Since then, Bob Fletcher, owner of Fletcher’s Service Center, has replaced the flags as needed.

The 66 flags again need replacement, and this time, the Olney and Sandy Spring Lions clubs have joined forces to raise money to do so. The cost is estimated at $2,300 to $2,800, and the flags will be purchased from International Flag Supply of Olney.

Sandy Spring Lion Halsey Smith said the clubs already have received donations from individuals, local businesses, American Legion Post 68 and both clubs totaling $1,650.

“Flying the flags is the proper, patriotic thing to do,” Smith said. “It adds a lot to the community.”

The American Legion will dispose of the old flags during its annual flag retirement ceremony in December.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Olney Lion Mike Fekete at mgfekete@verizon.net.