Reprinted from NTV www.nebraska.tv)
Posted: Sep 01, 2015
By Jordan Onwiler, Web Producer
The Archway and Kearney Rotary clubs will hold a special flag dedication ceremony for a large flag that will fly atop an 80 foot flagpole north of the monument’s main entrance.
The 20×30 foot American flag will be dedicated to honor American firefighters, police officers, EMTs and all former and current military members.
The ceremony is set to take place at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11 in front of the Archway main entrance. The event is free and open to the public.
“First and foremost, we felt this was a great opportunity to honor the folks who selflessly serve our community and our country,” said Rick Smith, Kearney [Dawn] Rotary club member and project chairperson. “The community of Kearney supported the project and helped us exceed our goal with both cash donations and in-kind donations. We are very fortunate to live in such a great community.”
The initial goal was to raise $20,000 for the project, but the group ended up raising $65,000 in cash and in-kind donations. According to Archway spokesperson Jace Robinson, the additional cash will be used to landscape the area and set up an endowment for maintenance and replacement flags.