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The Backstory

In 2009, when Avram Golden's brother was being deployed to the Iraq War, his family decided to have a going away party. Traveling from Bay City - their childhood home and Avram's permanent residence - and arriving in the small town of Lainsburgh MI where his brother resided, the American Flags that lined the Lainsburgh streets made a visually profound impression on Avram and he immediately determined to organize a similar presence in our town. Bay City's Tallship Celebration and Fireworks Festival were coming that next summer which seemed the perfect time to initiate such a project.  So he presented the idea to the Downtown Management Board and completed the approval process with the city of Bay City. In the project’s first year (2010), we proudly mounted 100 flags in historic downtown Bay City and have incrementally expanded the Raise A Flag presence each year.

Even though these high quality flags are carefully removed and stored each Fall,
the life-cycle is only two years, so project funding remains ongoing.


How You Can Help With This Community Beautification Project

  For seven years, Avram Golden and Golden Gallery & Custom Framing has taken ownership of the Raise a Flag in Bay City summer project where, with the help of so many people and businesses, they’ve added to the beautification of the downtown and Columbus Avenue business districts by incorporating American flag sets in the […]

2016 Flag Project

Raising Funds for Flags Within the next few weeks, we are raising funds for the existing flag sets downtown. Goal: $2,000 Objective: 115 existing flag sets refreshed (involves a new 2×3′ American-made United States flag and a brass topper, the other flag set components last a very long time) Secondary Goal: 100 new flag sets down Columbus […]

Thank You, Veterans!

Thank you Veterans! The flags were put up early this morning (all 108 of them) and we will be adding more in the weeks ahead. Thanks to everyone who has helped with the project, we couldn’t have done it without you! Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

In Tribute

On New Years Eve of 2015, Avram's brother passed away.  He was a beautiful soul who served both our country in active military since age 17 and his community as Captain of the Clinton Area Fire and Rescue. This project affords a tangible way for Avram to honor his brother and his family, while adding to our community's star-spangled pride.