The Bob Wangenstein Memorial American Flag Project began in 1973 as a way to honor a wonderful Lion and America on patriotic holidays. Ol’ Glory is displayed by Natchitoches Lions Club members at nearly 150 businesses throughout Natchitoches seven times during the year.
Many of these flag sponsors have participated in this project for the entire 42 years. Each sponsor makes an annual donation of $50 to the Lions Club to have the American flag displayed at his or her business on Patriot Day Sept. 11, Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11, President’s Day on the third Monday in February, Armed Forces Day on the third Saturday in May, Memorial Day on the last Monday in May, Flag Day on June 14 and Independence Day on July 4.
With these monies the Natchitoches Lions support many charities including the LA Lions Camp for children with physical and mental disabilities and diabetic youth, the LA Lions Eye Foundation, The LA Lions Eye Bank, Natchitoches Dixie Youth, Natchitoches 4-H Club, Boys and Girls Scouts, Relay for Life, the Women’s Resource Center, Special Olympics and the Natchitoches Lions Scholarship for two NSU students. Flag sponsors are proudly giving back to the local community (and beyond) more than seven times by allowing Lions to fly Ol’ Glory on these patriotic holidays.