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Trafford Legion needs help to spread Old Glory

| Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Members of Trafford American Legion Post 331 are asking for some help from the community to spread the Stars and Stripes throughout town.

After the unveiling of 24 new American flags for Memorial Day, Legion members now are planning to buy another batch of American flags with an eye toward flying Old Glory along Brinton Avenue and the Trafford Veterans Memorial Bridge.

New, 3-foot-by-5-foot flags from Fort Pitt Flagpole Co. in McKeesport already have replaced tattered, faded flags along Cavitt Avenue, Fifth Street and Edgewood Avenue, near Trafford Veterans Memorial Park.

In addition to donations, Legion members also would welcome volunteers to help with the new round of installations, said David Vitori, the Legion's secretary, treasurer and bar manager.

β€œIt's a tradition and a good one that we want to keep going, especially in these small towns,” said Vitori, a Vietnam veteran.

Legion members intend to keep the newest flags flying until the Fourth of July and then put them in storage until Veterans Day in November to help prevent weathering. The previous flags were about 5 years old, Vitori said.

Earlier this year, the Trafford Recreation Board donated $50 to buy one of the new flags. Until the Manchester Room opened last year, rec board members were free to schedule several community-sponsored events at the Legion.

β€œI'm happy we have that project going now because we were in dire need of new flags,” said Mary Dobos, who sits on the rec board and is a member of the Post's ladies auxiliary.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or cforeman@tribweb.com.

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