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Brawley turns downtown into patriotic display

October 27, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — Main Street here just became a little more patriotic.

Banners with the markings of the U.S. Flag have been placed along Main Street in the city's downtown area between Palm Avenue and Plaza Street in memory of those who lost their lives in the recent terrorist attacks.

City Clerk Janet Smith said the city had received several requests by citizens and merchants for U.S. flags, but the city didn't have any.

That prompted city officials to purchase 32 red, white and blue banners and place them along Main.

The Kiwanis Club, Women's Community Club of Brawley, Soroptimist Club of Brawley, the Brawley Chamber of Commerce and downtown merchants have either allocated or pledged funds for the banners, she said.

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"I think they're beautiful. It's a display of our contribution to the unification of our country," Smith said.

Each banner costs about $65, plus $79 for the brackets. Smith said more could be ordered if additional funds are acquired.

She encouraged those who are interested in donating funds to mail them to the city of Brawley in care of her or drop off donations at City Hall.

Smith also praised the city's Fire Department. Firefighters spent all day Wednesday installing the banners.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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