Posted: Apr 26, 2011 5:44 PM by Rachel Frost
Updated: Apr 26, 2011 6:40 PM
GONZALES, La.- A firefighter hopes to do more for his community than battle flames. Gonzales firefighter Nathan Joos wants American flags in front yards on several holidays. It's a tradition Joos enjoyed when he was growing up in Utah.
"It was beautiful, when the holidays would hit, seeing flags up and down the streets. And I thought that would be a great thing to start here," Joos said.
The flag service is a fundraiser for the Gonzales Firefighters' Association. For a $40 donation the first year, and a $20 donation each year after that, firefighters will put up and take down an American flag in your front yard. The dates include July 4th, Labor Day, Patriots' Day, Veterans' Day, Memorial Day and Flag Day.
Money raised will go to the association and help pay for some projects in the community.
"We're here for the community and whether that's serving them with emergency response or putting flags up, we try to set the example," Joos said.
Joos hopes to start the project on Flag Day, June 14th.
For information on how to get an American flag in your yard contact the Gonzales Fire Department at 225-644-5307 or visit the association's Facebook page.