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GREEN VALLEY, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
It's an annual tradition for Memorial Day in Green Valley. Nearly 100 American flags line the street. But this year, many won't be displayed because they need to be replaced.

It will cost more than $700 to keep the spirit alive. That is how much it will cost to replace dozens of flags.

The flag display goes up every Memorial Day along La Canada between Esperanza and Continental. The American Legion Post 131 in Green Valley says the display is meant to pay tribute to the men and women who have served the country.

The American Legion Post 131 has spent over $1,000 to replace 60 of them, but 36 more still need to be replaced.

"My wife repaired 75 of the 96 last year and she reports the material is in such a deteriorated condition that they can no longer be repaired," said Post Chaplain Ray Robinson.

The current flags have been used for nearly a decade. Robinson said the years are starting to show on them. Many are tattered and worn out.

"We don't put them up in a storm and we don't put them up near trees that would tear them, but still over nine years the seams have separated," he said.

The cost breaks down to about $20 for a new 5' by 3' flag. For those who want to help out, please contact Chaplain Robinson at (520) 495-4173 or the Green Valley City Council at (520) 648-1936.

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