The Harker Heights Kiwanis Club is the civic club best known for sponsoring a community pancake dinner every year and giving several scholarships to graduating seniors at Harker Heights High School.
In 1994, a small group of the club’s members traveled to Abilene for a district meeting and picked up the idea of selling and displaying U.S. flags as a new fundraiser.
Darrell Charlton, past president of the Heights club, remembered that 80 flags were delivered in the first year of the project.
“We now deliver 342 flags each year,” he said.
The 3x5 flags are on 10-foot poles and placed in yards on Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day and Columbus Day. The fee for the flags is a $25 yearly donation.
According to the club’s website, the flag installation, done by members of the Heights Kiwanis Club, consists of a long plastic pipe drilled into the ground of a person’s lot near the curbing. On the six display days, the flags are delivered early in the morning and picked up that evening.
Eight members each carry 35 flags on separate routes. But one route has 62 stops. The delivery area covers Stillhouse Hollow Lake, then north to Nolanville and the east side of Killeen, where there are two customers.
“One of our biggest customers is the Friends of the Library who receive 10 flags,” Charlton said.
The City of Harker Heights bought flags to be displayed at the Purple Heart Memorial in front of City Hall.
To find out more about purchasing U.S. flags, go to the club’s website at www.kiwanisharkerheights.org.