Route 6 American flag project will go on, donations needed

The Bristol Chamber of Commerce sent out the following press release this afternoon:

“The Bristol Chamber of Commerce has worked with Bill Englert of City True Value Hardware and Just Ask Rental, for many years to outfit the City of Bristol with U.S. flags displayed on street poles downtown and on Veterans Memorial Boulevard during patriotic holidays and events (e.g. Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Veterans Day, etc.). In addition, through Bill’s efforts and generosity, as well as with many private donations, the Route 6 Merchant’s Flag Committee has provided U.S. flags for the entire Route 6 (Farmington Avenue) corridor from Farmington to Terryville, as well as for downtown Forestville.
Further, to show Bristol’s pride and patriotism to people who visit from throughout the northeastern United States during the Eastern Regional Little League Baseball Tournament, we also display flags on Mix and Maltby Streets during the tournament.
With Bill’s passing earlier this year, his family and the Chamber of Commerce wish to continue, in his honor, this longstanding tradition of providing U.S. flags for display across the City during appropriate holidays and events. Therefore, we are asking the community and local businesses to support our efforts and help fund the purchase of new flags and flag poles as existing flags and poles become damaged or unusable.
We anticipate a need to purchase 140 flags and 50 poles this year and are asking for your support. Please help us continue to fly the stars and stripes throughout Bristol by helping to purchase flags and poles. We have volunteers to put up the flags but we must purchase a number of replacement flags and poles as soon as possible.
Send donations to: (Make checks payable to Bristol Chamber of Commerce)
Route 6 Merchant Flag Committee
c/o City True Value
750 Farmington Avenue
Bristol, CT 06010
For further information or any comments, please contact Joseph Englert at (860)582-7166 or Linda DiMatteo at (860)584-4718.”