Issaquah legislator touts effort to donate flags to deployed soldiers
February 16, 2011
NEW — 10 a.m. Feb. 16, 2011
Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere from Washington often fly the state flag at faraway places.
Under a quirk in state law, military members had to buy the flags, because the law prohibited donations of state property to private citizens.
State Rep. Jay Rodne, a 5th Legislative District lawmaker and Iraq war veteran, sponsored legislation in 2009 to create a state flag account.
The program is accepting donations from the public to raise money to purchase the flags to be mailed to deployed military units. Residents can donate to the account through the Secretary of State’s Office.
“The account offers a meaningful way for people to provide our soldiers with a reminder of home when they are thousands of miles away,” Secretary of State Sam Reed said in a release.
Reed paid for a state flag and presented the banner to the 1st Battalion, 186th Aviation Regiment.
“It’s great to have this account in place so people can make donations so our servicemen and women abroad can have a symbol of their home — our state flag,” Rodne said in a release. “I know firsthand how much it matters to our men and women overseas when they receive their Washington flag.”