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A number of flags lined Michael Drive early last week as homeowners celebrated Memorial Day by participating in Gretna Boy Scout Troop 363’s new flag service.

Flags popped up along driveways in many Gretna neighborhoods in late May as Gretna Boy Scout Troop 363 honored its first major holiday recognized through the Troop’s new flag service.

“We determined there was a need for this type of service in the area as a lot of people would gladly display our nation’s flag given the opportunity, but may not have the ability to do so full time on their property,” said Jason Haake, Troop 363 treasurer. “With our service we have all the expense and they do not have to worry about set up, take down or care of the flag.”

Haake said the Gretna Troop got the idea from a pack in neighboring Millard, which offers a similar service as their fundraiser each year and recently had some of its Scouts cross over from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts and join Troop 363.

In its first year, the local Scouts already have about 125 subscribers and the supplies to grow to about 400.

“The goal of this is to help fund our High Adventure trips that our Scouts First Class and above are eligible to go on,” Haake said. “These trips include things like sailing on tall ship, sea kayaking and horse camp.”

Fundraisers help keep the trips to a minimum out-of-pocket cost to each boy so that more can attend rather than be priced out of going.

For $30 per year, the Scouts install a 3-foot by 5-foot flag in yards for patriotic holidays: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Patriot’s Day and Veterans Day. The flag is installed before each holiday on the garage side of the house about 2-feet by 2-feet in from where the sidewalk and driveway meet. Scouts then collect the flags after the holiday is over and store them until the next listed holiday.

The service is available to residents of the following neighborhoods: Chestnut Ridge, Covington, Devonshire, Forest Run, Gretna (Old Town), Highland Ridge, Lincoln Place, Lyman Highlands, Northpark, Northridge, Plum Creek, Standing Stone and Willow Park.

All proceeds directly benefit Gretna Troop 363 and fund camping, high adventure trips and other activities.

Orders should be placed at least one week in advance of upcoming holiday. New subscriptions will begin with the next coming holiday.

Email troop363gretnane@gmail.com with questions. To order, email name, address, phone number and neighborhood to troop363gret nane@gmail.com.

Credit card, cash and check will be accepted. An invoice will be emailed upon receipt and checks (made payable to “Troop 363”) may be mailed to PO Box 417, Gretna, NE 68028.

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