PUBLISHED: 1:47 PM on Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Letter to the Editor
Dear CCW:
This will be the 28th consecutive year that the 50 state flags will fly along Egan Drive from Marine Park to 10th St.

Those who are new to the Capital City may ask "Who does this?" Answer: "FRIENDS OF THE FLAGS," (FOTF), a non-profit group of volunteers and supporters is responsible for installing the flags in the spring and taking them down in the fall. Why do they do it? Community Pride.

Some people assume the City & Borough of Juneau funds this project. It doesn't, and never has. The CBJ did think the project worthy enough for FOTF to be an Advisory Committee, placing us under the wing of the CBJ. Citizens and various businesses provide the funding.

While we purchase the best quality flags available, years of experience have taught us that we need to buy new ones each year. The severe wind and rain along the waterfront take a toll. Even some of the flagstaffs get bent or damaged, needing to be repaired or replaced. We conduct an annual fund drive to keep the flag project viable.

Want to show your community pride? Become a member of Friends Of the Flags. Donations may be sent to:


P.O. BOX 32201

JUNEAU, AK 99803

Rudy J. Ripley