By , Mount Vernon News
June 24, 2013, 9:14 am

Living Flag

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The Living Flag, made up of Centerburg residents, will be part of the 2013 Red, White and Boom parade on July 3.


CENTERBURG — Centerburg’s Living Flag, or “flag ladies,” recently received a letter stating, “On behalf of NBC 4, Pepsi, and WNCI 97.9, we are pleased to announce that your organization has been accepted into the 34th annual Independence Day Parade presented by the Columbus Blue Jackets. The parade will take place on Wed., July 3 at 6 pm.”

All participants in the Columbus parade, also known as the Red, White, & Boom parade, have to pay to participate. Parade officials were able to find a corporate sponsor for the group.

Centerburg’s Living Flag made its debut at the Centerburg 4th of July Parade in 2002. The design was inspired by a picture of a similar group of women in Wisconsin, seen by Mary Jane Porterfield of Centerburg. She and Deb Sykes, also of Centerburg, decided to try to make the individual outfits to represent the flag in the early summer of 2002, the summer following 9/11.

Besides the Centerburg parade, the Flag has also participated in the Centerburg Oldtime Farming Festival Parade, the Centerburg USA Days Parade, the Mount Vernon Bicentennial Parade, the Sunbury 4th of July Parade, the Fredericktown Tomato Show Parade, the Mount Vernon Christmas Parade, the Delaware County Bicentennial Parade, the Hartford Fair, the Utica Velvet Ice Cream Festival, the Millersport Sweet Corn Festival, the Worthington Memorial Parade and the Upper Arlington Fourth of July Parade.

A number of women have participated in the Living Flag over the years. Current members include Jennifer Fielding, Connie Kristof, Lori McBride, Mary Jane Porterfield, Deb Sykes, Becky Walpole and Taffy White. Cathy Clutter and Debbie Hartong are alternates.

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