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Raising Money to Keep the Flag Flying above the Blue Bridge

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- Atop a symbol of the Tri-Cities is a symbol of America.

"As soon as you come off the hill, if you're coming from the south that's the first thing you see is that flag on top of the Blue Bridge," said Bob Trethewey with American Legion Post 34.

Since the Department of Transportation ran out of money to keep the program going in 1995, the local american Legion Post has been stepping up.

Now though, they're low on funds and need your help.

"It's important to a lot of people, yeah, i agree," said Tim Blackman, one local resident.

"Oh, sure it is, yeah, you bet, it's gotta be up there," said Bill Pierce.

High winds, rain and snow eat away at the flags over the course of the year, and the American Legion Post is responsible for buying new ones and cleaning the one's that can still fly.

But without more money, they won't be able to run the program anymore.

It's the first time in more than six years the post has asked for more money.

The last being after 9/11, when the cost of a flag skyrocketed to $859.

Today it's back down in the $500 range, but without more funding, the flag might fly no more.

"The area's been very supportive of us and helped us to raise funds to keep it flying, and so, let's just keep it flying," Trethewey said.

If you'd like to donate you can make your checks out to the American Legion Post 34-Blue Bridge Flag at American Legion Post 34, P.O. Box 2571, Pasco, WA 99302.