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Suburban Woman’s Club of New Britain Plans Annual Flags

For the 4th consecutive year the Suburban’s Woman’s Club will present “Flags on the Green”.

“We always do it on Memorial Day,” said Sue Venberg of the club. “It honors those Veterans who have served our nation in the past to protect our freedoms, as well as to honor those men and women who are presently serving in the military.”

Flags are being sold for $10 and will be placed on the Franklin Square green on Friday, May 30th as the city of New Britain celebrates Memorial Day. The flag will have the name of the honoree attached to it. Flags may then be picked up following the Memorial Day Parade at the green on Franklin Square or from members of the Suburban Woman’s Club. All flags that are not picked up will be donated to local Veterans’ organizations.

The City holds a ceremony around noon at Franklin Square. The Hardware City Marine Corps and St. Matthew’s School also take part. Mayor Erin Stewart and Police Chief James Wardwell are expected to be in attendance.

Area residents are encouraged to purchase flags for family members and friends who have served in the past or are presently serving our country in the armed forces. Local Veterans’ groups are also encouraged to purchase flags in memory of/or in honor of members of their organizations. The community at large is being given this opportunity to purchase a flag in appreciation of all of our veterans throughout the USA.

Marylou Mancini is chairman of the event this year.

In past years, members of the local club have raised funds which supported programs of the Veteran’s Affairs Offices at CCSU and at the Rocky Hill Veteran’s Home. Purchases made by these funds included an outdoor bench and an electronic game for the recreation lounge at the Veteran’s Home at Rocky Hill and a refrigerator and coffee urn for the veteran’s lounge at CCSU. Funds were also donated to support a scholarship at CCSU.

The Club has also supported the scholarship program made possible by Manes and Motions “Horses for Heroes” riding program for Veterans, and also supported the TGM Memorial Post Veterans Organization “Golden Kielbasa Golf Tournament”. Every year at Christmas, members of the Suburban Woman’s Club support the Secret Santa program at the Rocky Hill Veteran’s Home with their many donations of gift certificates, hats, gloves, scarves and other articles of new clothing for the holiday.

“Now we are looking at helping the Arch St. property to be renovated,” said Venberg. “We need to see what they need.”

All those wishing to purchase a flag are asked to forward the $10 donation per flag to The Suburban Woman’s Club, “Flags on the Green” Project, C/O Marylou Mancini, 123 Berkley St., New Britain, CT 06053.