A giant American flag will be raised on a towering new flagpole at the Archway Monument near Kearney in a ceremony tomorrow afternoon on the anniversary of the September 11th attacks.
Rick Smith, with the Kearney Rotary Clubs, says the 80-foot-tall pole now stands just north of the Archway’s main entrance and the new flag measures 20-by-30 feet.
“It is going to be in honor of all the men and women who every day (risk) their lives and they do the things that keep us safe, from emergency medical personnel to police to fire to the military,” Smith says. “There will be a 20-piece ensemble from the UNK band that will play the National Anthem during the raising of the flag and they will also play the Armed Forces melody.”
“We significantly exceeded our goal,” Smith says. “It’s such a pleasure to work in a community like Kearney. I never had negative feedback from anybody. If you take the cash donations and the in-kind from the people that donated the concrete to doing the landscaping to doing the raising of the pole itself, it’s amazing what Kearney has done.”
Some 15-million vehicles pass by the Archway monument every year.
The event is scheduled to begin at 4:30 PM in front of the Archway’s main entrance. There will be a brief ceremony with guest speakers and music. The event is free and open to the public.
By Brent Wiethorn, KKPR, Kearney