Friday is Flag Day, the annual commemoration of the adoption of the stars and stripes as America’s official flag in 1777. Independence Day is just a few weeks after that.

Old Glory was flapping proudly in the wind in Glover Park and around Marietta Square this week as Square-goers walked to and fro — and many more are posted around the city.

Ever wonder where all those flags waving all over Marietta come from?

More than 1,600 American flags that can be seen marking the holiday around Marietta are thanks to a service project by the Kiwanis Club of Marietta. Jim Mallard, president of the local club and chairman of its flag committee, says not only are the flags decorative, but they can also make a difference for local students.

The Kiwanis Club charges businesses and public institutions $25 per year for the placement of each 3-foot-by-5-foot flag, and proceeds contribute to a scholarship fund for local children, Mallard said. The club is able to provide $22,000 in scholarship money to locals thanks to the project, he said.

The Marietta Kiwanis began the project in 1997, and the club posts the flags for Patriots Day in April, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Sept. 11 and Veterans Day. Mallard said the club typically puts the flags up the Saturday before each holiday and takes them down the Saturday after.

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