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News Community Lions Club shares patriotism with local businesses

Flags were flying this past President’s Day courtesy of the Franklin Lions Club. Photo by Betsey GooderIn honor of President’s Day, many businesses around Franklin had an American Flag displayed. The flags were provided by the Lions Club of Franklin.

Businesses are able to support the Lions and the United States by paying $25 each year in order to have a flag provided and displayed in front of their store or shop.

The willingness of the community to come together and support local clubs that may share the same patriotism as they do could be one of the reasons that the project has been a success for the last 30 years.

The flags are also on display during other holidays such as Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day and Flag Day.

Haithcock hopes to attract more businesses to the project.

“The merchants I spoke to said they thought that the town or the veterans put out the flags as a courtesy,” he said. “We're hoping to change that thought and get busy updating our flag contracts. In the mean time, we'd like to thank all of the merchants that have supported us and the blind.”

More information about the flags can be found at

About the Lions Club

Lions are an international network of 1.3 million men and women in 202 countries and geographic areas who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world. Known for working to end preventable blindness, Lions participate in a vast variety of projects important to their communities. These projects range from cleaning up local parks to providing supplies to victims of natural disasters. Chartered in 1939, the Franklin Lion's Club has proudly carried on the vision of Lionism for more than 70 years.

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