CITY HOSTS FLAG RAISING, RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY FOR FLAG CITY U.S.A. MONUMENT
Congressman Greg Walden and Mayor George Endicott to Lead the Ceremony
WHAT: Flag Raising and Ribbon Cutting ceremony for Redmond’s new Flag City U.S.A. monument
DATE: Wednesday, October 19
TIME: 10:00 a.m.
10:00 a.m. Flag Raising Ceremony, VFW Honor Guard & Bugler (U.S., State and City flags), Congressman Greg Walden (New Flag City U.S.A. flag) and Mayor George Endicott (POW MIA flag).10:10 a.m. Mayor George Endicott
10:15 a.m. Randy Povey, Flag City U.S.A. Founder and Committee Co-Chairman
10:20 a.m. Congressman Greg Walden
10:30 a.m. Official Ribbon Cutting Event
PLACE: Redmond’s New Flag City U.S.A. Monument, Corner of Highland and US HWY 97, Redmond, OR
There is limited space at the monument site. Media is encouraged to park in the city owned spaces located behind the Redmond Fuel Stop, 712 SW 5th St., and walk over the location using the protected crosswalk.
The Flag City U.S.A. monument is part of the City of Redmond’s US 97 gateway beautification efforts. The City seeks to invest in improvements within the new US 97 corridor to beautify the community and convey a message of civic pride. Flag City U.S.A was selected as the theme for the monument as it is a wonderful representation of that pride and volunteer spirit.
On July 4, 1991, 180 borrowed flags were placed throughout the City of Redmond in support of the homecoming troops of Operation Desert Storm. Since then, the practice has grown to approximately 1,400 full size American flags that are placed along the City’s main streets and downtown areas. All flags originally flew over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. In 1999, thanks to the Honorable Congressman Greg Walden, the United States Congressional Record identifies Redmond, Oregon as ‘Flag City U.S.A.’
The illuminated monument was designed to be seen by both north and southbound US 97 travelers and features (11) flag poles.