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Chamber hopes to fly more flags
Volunteers needed for Labor Day, 9-11
Manteca Councilman Steve DeBrum is among the volunteers who help put out 2,400 flags along Manteca streets eight times a year. - photo by Bulletin file photo
Manteca Chamber of Commerce leaders are hoping to secure funding to expand the Flags Over Manetca effort.

“It would be great to have the flags along Atherton Drive and Union Road near Orchard Valley as well as on (Daniels Street) and Airport Way on the way to Big League Dreams,” said chamber chief executive officer Debby Moorhead. “It would be a great way to show visitors how proud Manteca is of our country.”

This upcoming Sept. 11 will mark the ninth anniversary of the launching of the Flags Over Manteca effort by the Chamber of Commerce.

The city’s leading business organization raised $60,000 in less than three months to purchase 2,400 flags as their response to Sept. 11, 2001. The 2,400 flags were picked as it symbolizes almost to the number the American service men lost at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 to remind people that the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks were not the first acts of war committed against the United States on American soil in the last 100 years.

Moorhead noted the chamber routinely gets feedback from people - residents and visitors alike - who appreciate seeing the flags on display on Labor Day, Patriots Day, Veterans Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Armed Forces Day, and the Fourth of July.

“There are people who drive from Lodi and other communities just to drive down the streets and look at all of the flags,” Moorhead said. “It moves a lot of people.”

The flags are placed along segments of Main Street, Yosemite Avenue, Union Road, Center Street, Maple Avenue and Louise Avenue.

They have also been placed on special occasions such as when Manteca welcomed home a National Guard unit from Iraq as well as to honor the sacrifice of Marine Cpl. Charles Palmer when his body was returned home and on the day he was laid to rest when more than 5,000 people lined Manteca’s streets to pay their respects.

The chamber is hoping that the city includes the drilling of flag holes whenever new development takes place along streets where the flags are displayed. That includes the segment of East Yosemite Avenue between Powers Avenue and Cottage Way where the city plans to widen the sidewalk later this year.

In the past when all of the flags haven’t been placed, Moorhead noted some people will call the chamber and complain. She said there are times when the chamber can not secure adequate numbers of volunteers.

Moorhead is hoping people will step up for the next two flag placement days - Monday, Sept. 6, for Labor Day, and Saturday, Sept. 11, for Patriots Day.

It requires being able to place flags starting before 6 a.m. and then collecting then about nine to 11 hours later.

For more information or to volunteer call the chamber at 823-7229.