Bill Kirby

Online news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

9/11 didn't raise flag sales

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The American flag represents all of us and all the values we hold sacred.

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– Adrian Cronauer

Last week’s 9/11 memorial ceremonies brought out thousands of American flags both locally and nationwide, but not as many as you might think.

Reporter Steve Crawford (himself a former Army paratrooper) called Vicki Lawrence, co-owner of The Flag Co., near Atlanta, whose flags sales don’t usually rise around Sept. 11. Most of its big sales center on Memorial Day and Independence Day, she said.

They did have a bump in sales for 9/11’s 10th anniversary last year, but in general, by the time September comes, “people have already spruced up and replaced their flags,” Lawrence said.

She also said election years, such as this one, actually don’t sell that many flags, either.

“Politicians would rather see their faces on posters,” she said.

That doesn’t mean it is a down year for flag sales. Lawrence said the company has experienced steady growth since she and her husband began their business in 1989.

“Sales have grown across the board,” she said. “We have been very fortunate in this down economy.”

They got their start printing flags for real estate companies and gas stations, and the business has boomed since. They also have become the biggest flagpole distributor in the Southeast.

YOUR TRAVELS: Speaking of the Southeast, Evelyn and Tommy Price and Kim and Blake Parrish, of Evans send a card from Destin, Fla., where they say the recent hurricane changed the ocean color from emerald green to dark blue.

Jack Maffett, of Sandersville, is also in Florida, where he says he and Emma Ruth are enjoying an annual September trip to Fernandina Beach.

Jim and Sue Reese, of Appling, saw Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave.

Claudia and Buddy Kelley, of Dearing, are driving across the country and sent a postcard from near Seattle.

Charlotte, Marilyn and Faye, of Louisville and Stapleton, Ga., send a card from Oregon, where they attended a wedding.

And speaking of weddings, Jan and Kurt Menger, of Belvedere, made it all the way to Sydney, Australia, to celebrate their 42nd anniversary. They say they are traveling with friends they made on a visit to Switzerland 30 years ago.

TODAY’S JOKE: A call came in to the information desk.

“Hello,” a voice said. “I need the number of the Caseway Insurance Co.”

“Would you spell that please?” the operator asked.

“Certainly. C as in sea. A as in aye. S as in sea. E as in eye. W as in why. A as in are. Y as in you.”

“Just a minute, sir … I need to get my boss.”


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