This Flag Day will be special at the Delta Senior Center, as the seniors honor the new American flag flying overhead at 247 Meeker Street.
Although the center has had a flagpole for many years, outside the building next to the sign welcoming visitors to the location, it has been a long time since a flag was raised on it.
Thanks to the combined efforts and foresight of some patrons at the center and the City of Delta, the senior center has the Star-Spangled Banner raised continuously. A solar light keeps the patriotic symbol illuminated, as is the proper etiquette for the flag flown at night.
A few months ago, Alan Bushman, a volunteer and patron at the center, said he noticed the pole was empty and decided to see if something could be done.
"Most of our seniors here are very patriotic," Bushman said. "This project has been a concerted effort among several people."
On March 14 this year, the city's personnel used one of the Municipal Light & Power bucket trucks to string new rope on the flag pole. The city's facilities department bought and installed the new solar panel and light.
A new flag, purchased by Marsha Thomas, board president of Delta Senior Citizens, Inc., was raised on the pole, and "Old Glory" was restored overhead.
Besides Bushman, who had the inspiration to take action, the Delta Senior Center would like to thank officials with the City of Delta for their great assistance in the project, including city manager David Torgler and public works/utilities director Steve Glammeyer, who gave approval to purchase the solar light and to use city equipment; fleet facilities department manager Rod Myers, and Ron Hayes, also from fleet facilities. Thanks also to Marsha Thomas with the DSC, who gave approval for the project at the center.
Since the flag installation, "a lot of people have noticed the flag, and that it is lit at night, and we've received many good comments," Bushman said.
Delta's second annual "Kickoff to Christmas" takes place Saturday, Nov. 25. This event is sponsored by the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce and First Colorado National Bank.