Hometown Hero project to hang 38
banners in downtown Lincoln
Ceremony kicking off the new Veteran
recognition project to be held March 16th
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[March 06, 2019]
The Lincoln Rotary Club partnered with the City of Lincoln to
establish a veteran's tribute program to purchase and install
banners with pictures of our local active duty service men and
women, veterans, and deceased veterans.
Thirty-eight banners were purchased and will be installed around the
square and in two local parks.
The banners will be hung in early March and the Rotary club will
hold a ceremony to honor those individuals and their families on
March 16th at 11:00 a.m. in Scully Park near downtown Lincoln.
Sponsors and their families will be in attendance.
The program was inspired by Mrs. Carrie Pethy, mother of an active
servicewoman who contacted the Lincoln Rotary Club and asked if the
club would sponsor the program.
After some brief discussions, a steering committee was formed and
the City Council of Lincoln was asked to partnership. A Rotary
District Grant was submitted asking for $ 2,000. The District Rotary
Grant funded $ 1680 and with $1,000 of seed money from Lincoln
Rotary Club, the details were put into place.
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Sponsors submitted applications and a $50 fee to start the process
in motion. The committee originally thought 25 banners would be the
goal when they started in October. When the final order was placed
we had thirty-eight banner requests approved.
It is the intent of the program to hang the banners for at least one
year in the town square and in both Scully and Latham parks. The
committee will begin accepting new applications throughout next
year. Future applications can be picked up at City Hall.
When banners are rotated out, the present banners will be given to
sponsors and their families. The Rotary Grant and the Lincoln Club's
monies subsidized the full cost of the initial banners. Now that the
grant monies have been expended, the new cost of submitting an
application and sponsor fee will be$ 95.
The program has become a very positive addition to downtown Lincoln.
The Rotary Club of Lincoln meets every Wed. at noon in the Lincoln
College Evans Student Center. We're proud of Rotary, Lincoln
College, and our community
The steering committee consists of Alderman Ron Keller, James
Hamacke, Carrie Pethy, Don Jordan, Bill Gossett and current Club
President, Kirby Rodgers