In a normal year, the American Legion Post 297 sells 20 to 25 flags in a booth on Olde Home Days the first weekend of June. This year the legion hopes to sell 250 to 300 before Memorial Day, with help from the Marcellus Girls Lacrosse Club.
"The club approached us with an offer we couldn't refuse," said Dominick Rappazzo of the American Legion. "They wanted to team up with us on the flag sale and sell 10 times as many, and now we have 80 girls and their parents helping us sell flags."
As an added benefit, the flags will be flown downtown from Memorial Day through Olde Home Days, and will each carry a yellow ribbon honoring a veteran or active duty soldier. Those wishing to purchase a flag may do so in honor of a loved one, or the local American Legion can pick a veteran who deserves recognition.
David Locastro, of the Marcellus Girls Lacrosse Club, said the club not only thought it would be a good fundraiser, but a great way for Marcellus to recognize those who have served their country.
"We have veterans and active duty soldiers right here in our own community, some who are fighting even today to keep us free, and some who have given their lives or limbs," Locastro said. "It is an honor for us to honor them."
After the display period, those who purchased a flag may take it home to fly it there.
" It would be nice to see every home in Marcellus flying the colors, this will certainly help in that endeavor," said Bob Wilson of the American Legion.
Those wishing to purchase a flag should call David Locastro at 730-3892 or Dominick Rappazzo at 673-4435, or can contact any Marcellus Girls Lacrosse Club member.