Flags will fly on Flag Day in Northland.
George Schmidt, chairman of the Northland Area Business Association's State Route 161 Task Force, has been working to organize a major event for June 14.
He outlined his plans at the May 1 meeting of the Northland Community Council.
Part celebration of the symbol of the nation, part fundraiser so the task force can continue to supplement the mowing of East Dublin-Granville Road medians by city personnel, Schmidt is seeking to line the corridor with flags.
Lots of them.
He's calling it "500 Flags Down the East Dublin-Granville Corridor."
"I think we're going to have a blast," Schmidt told NCC representatives.
The Flag Lady's Flag Store in Clintonville is providing the flags to the group at $8 each, and Schmidt said he is asking people to sponsor their efforts at $30. The remaining $22 would go toward the $28,000 needed by the task force each summer to pay for the extra median mowing, he said. People may purchase flags from Schmidt via email at email@example.com or by calling 614-519-7615. Credit-card payments may be made online at NABAcolumbus.org.
Other events planned for that day include a gathering at Columbus Square Shopping Center from 5 to 8 p.m. It will feature a presentation on the history of the American flag from the Flag Lady, games for children organized by North YMCA employees, the Northland High School marching band and a calliope, courtesy of local residents Jeff and Lorna Duffield.
According to their website, calliopeking.com, the instrument they will bring to the Flag Day ceremony was one Jeff Duffield's father, Myron, restored with his wife, Laura June, in the basement of their Olmsted Falls home about 1920. Once the restoration was completed, the couple built a circus wagon so the calliope could be in parades -- and it has been in hundreds.
Also at Columbus Square Shopping Center will be a welcome ceremony for all Northland residents who have become U.S. citizens in the past year, Schmidt said.
At the urging of Dave Cooper, president of the Northland Area Business Association, NCC members voted unanimously to support the Flag Day celebrations.
Also at the council's May session, Cooper announced the theme of this year's Northland Independence Day Parade -- "1968: Celebrating 50 Years of Innovation, Collaboration and Momentum."
It was selected, Cooper said, by former NCC President Emmanuel V. Remy, who stepped down from that post when appointed to City Council but continues to serve as parade committee chairman.