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Volunteers raise, take down flags for holidays

Posted at 3:29 PM, Jun 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-23 17:29:08-04

 It's a breezy, sunny day in the bedroom community of Treynor, about 40 minutes from Omaha.

A Small group of volunteers is outside sharing a symbol of patriotic pride with their neighbors.

"The American flag means freedom and opportunity for families," says Dale Willenborg.

It was 2010 when the idea came to the Treynor optimist club member to share that opportunity to sell flags to raise scholarship money.

"The flagpole and the footing cost us about $35 {each}. So the first year was kind of a break even." Willenborg said.

He made and ordered all the flags and custom footings for each yard. Then he rounded up friends and volunteers to drive around and put them out. And then pick them back up, to preserve their quality. Every major holiday in the Summer and Fall, plus Treynor days a group of volunteers goes out, sets up, and takes down flags a few days later. Seven times in all each year, about 640 flags up and down total.

To date, about 15 percent of the community has rented the flags. This group is optimistic that with time, more and more stars and stripes will wave on the front drives in the small town. To date the group has raised more than $33,000 in scholarship money going to 100 high school students.

"We don't care about the number of flags or anything we just want to provide scholarships," Willenborg said.