This past Wednesday, as they do several days through out the year, Ferndale Kiwanis members put out approximately 150 flags along Main Street and 2nd Avenue to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. But fewer flags were picked up at the end of the day than had been put out.
The club reports they are missing 4 flags. “Perhaps they blew down and someone graciously picked them up but did not know where to take them,” said Ferndale Kiwanis member Pete Harksell. Two were missing from east of the Pioneer Bridge and two were missing by the Ferndale Public Library.
According to an email message from Ferndale Kiwanis member Larry Marrs, missing flags is an unusual occurrence. “Our club is committed to providing these beautiful flags for all our community to enjoy and the loss of even a few flags diminishes the beauty of the event.”
The flag staffs are made of polished wood with a white sleeve about half-way up with “KIWANIS” printed on it. Harksell estimated it would cost $35 or more per flag to replace them.
Anyone looking to return one or more flags are encouraged to bring them to Pete’s Auto Repair at 6209 Portal Way or call them at (360) 380-2277.
Marrs says flags & staffs cost $35 each and donations to cover these costs can be sent to Ferndale Kiwanis Club, PO Box 245, Ferndale, WA 98248, or given to any Kiwanis member.