A patriotic present has been given to Pilger, just before Christmas.
Lt. Governor John Nelson has presented the city with 70 new American flags to replace those damaged during the June 16th tornado that wiped out much of the town.
“We are here to celebrate what can only be described as a triumph,” Nelson stated during a presentation St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. “It’s the triumph of a small town, the triumph over destruction, and the triumph of optimism.”
About 50 Husker student-athletes rescued dozens of Americans flags in Pilger during clean-up about a week after the tornado, but the flags were so damaged they had to be destroyed.
Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN worked with the governor’s office to seek replacements.
Woodmen of the World stepped up and bought the flags.
Woodmen State Manager Jeff Bridges told city officials he hopes the small gesture helps boost morale.
“We know we can’t take away what happened during the tornado, but with this gift hopefully we can reinforce Pilger’s love of community and country, while letting everybody know that we support you,” Bridges said.
Village Clerk Kim Neiman says the donation is just another sign of more recovery in Pilger.
“We’re going to make,” Neiman said. “And we are going to make it. Pilger is coming back. Pilger’s strong. We’re the town too tough to die. We’re not going to die. We’ve got buildings coming up now.”