Optimist Club apologizes for no flags

Dear residents of Oskaloosa:

The Optimist Club of Oskaloosa would like to apologize for not placing flags on Labor Day. It was a tough decision and was carefully considered. The Avenue of Flags is important to our club as we promote patriotism and respect for government.

Late Sunday evening the flag committee met and discussed the options. Forecasts from various sources including the National Weather Service were considered. All called for rain chances from 60-80 percent early in the day and later in the day. Wind has damaged some of our poles during recent holidays and while winds were not as much of a factor in the decision as the probability of rain, it still factored into our decision.

We deploy 14-18 people across seven routes and trying to wait to see what the weather would do was a challenge. As it turned out the day was very pleasant, and the flags would have been fine, but that was not the case some eight hours earlier. This is the first time we have not placed them out for a holiday. We hope our 250 subscribers understand.

We apologize for the inconvenience of not seeing the nation’s flag waving on a day when we celebrate labor, but hope you understand. The flags will be back out on Sunday, November 11 in honor of Veteran’s Day.

Optimistically yours,

RD Keep

Secretary-Treasurer

Optimist Club of Oskaloosa