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Rural Valley residents take action to dress up town for parade

| Saturday, May 29, 2010

RURAL VALLEY — When Lou and Sally Labino saw American flags lining the streets of some other little towns like their own last Memorial Day weekend, they knew in their hearts that Rural Valley needed to be flying Old Glory too.

"There used to be flags flying everywhere," said Lou Labino. "The town would look pretty nice if flags were up and flying. It would dress the town up for patriotic holidays like towns used to do."

Lou and Sally enlisted the assistance of Mike and Mary Koma who had led the community efforts recently in the building of the Shannock Valley War Memorial. They sought approval from town officials and utility companies to use the poles and obtained the support of the town's businesses to purchase flags. They called their project "Adopt a Flag" and got donations from businesses.

Twenty-four flags were purchased and will be displayed along the length of the town to be waving proudly for the annual Memorial Day parade on Monday.

"This will really add to the parade," said Lou Labino. "It's going to add something to the community every holiday they're out."

The 3-foot-by-5-foot red-white-and-blue banners are being put up today through town along Main Street and will be taken down Tuesday.

The brackets are in place on the utility poles, positioned seven feet high at a 45 degree angle on every third pole on the south side of the street along the route. The names of the businesses that donated are shown on each flag pole.

Each business is responsible for putting up and taking down their flag four times a year on the Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Veterans Day and Flag Day holidays.

The flags were purchased from Shannock Hardware where owner John DiMaio is looking forward to seeing his flag waving during the parade.

"It will be a nice display," said DiMaio. "A very patriotic display."

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The Rural Valley annual Memorial Day Parade and ceremonies will be held Monday. Ceremonies begin with the Rural Valley American Legion Honor Guard at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Yatesboro, and at 10:30 a.m. at the Rural Valley Cemetery. The annual Memorial Day parade begins at 11 a.m. at Rural Valley Presbyterian Church. Parade concludes with a ceremony at the Shannock Valley War Memorial. After the ceremony, a chicken barbecue dinner will be available at the Rural Valley American Legion. Th event is sponsored by the Rural Valley American Legion.

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