American flags greet visitors to BarringtonKATHLEEN BAGLIO HUMPHREYS
Union Leader Correspondent July 02. 2014 7:40PM
BARRINGTON — Stephanie Dimke made it her personal goal last year to show respect for America and military veterans by leading an effort to have American flags predominate in town over the July 4th holiday weekend.
For her efforts to help beautify Barrington, Dimke was awarded the 2013 “Citizen of the Year” by the Barrington Chamber of Commerce. The flags hung on utility poles along Route 9 and the junction of Route 125.
The success of “Stars and Stripes for Barrington Project” made it possible to buy more than 40 flags last year. This year the flags are gracing the white picket fence outside Pine Grove Cemetery.
Normally the flags would be on flag mounts high on utility poles but due to telephone lines being restrung and pole replacement work, Dimke petitioned selectmen to place the flags along Route 9 between Irving Street and the middle school and the cemetery.
“Everyone likes it. Many people have commented on how beautiful they look there and they hope it can continue on Route 125,” said Selectman Secretary Suzanne McNeil
Dimke and her family organized fundraising and solicited volunteers. People donated their time to help install the flags, some using a bucket truck, while town organizations and individuals donated a flag or two for the cause.
McNeil no tax dollars were used to pay for the flags. “It was all done by volunteers, which is the heart of the New Hampshire community and pride,” she said.
Each 3x5 American-made flag was bought locally and cost $76, including the mounting materials.
“It needed money and people to get out there and do it and Stephanie made it happen,” said McNeil.
The flags are displayed from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
“I’m looking forward to another beautiful season in Barrington...and this Memorial Day, I ask you to please keep in your hearts what these flags truly represent...all those who have sacrificed for our freedom,” wrote Dimke on the Stars and Stripes for Barrington Project Facebook page.
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