By May 14, the Daviess County Courthouse lawn will once again be surrounded by at least 100 large American flags waving in the wind.
The Owensboro Kiwanis Club will be launching its ninth annual Walk of Honor a few weeks earlier this year.
Club member Sue Napper said: “We usually put them up just before Memorial Day, but the county asked us to put them up for ‘Red, White and Blue’ on May 14. “
The Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce invited political candidates to speak on the courthouse lawn at 10 a.m. that day.
In 2013, at the start of the “March of Honour”, the flags were raised from June 7 to July 7.
The idea was for them to be there for Flag Day and the 4th of July.
But city and county officials and downtown business owners liked the look of the flags so much that they stuck around longer over the years.
In 2015, they remained in place until Veterans Day.
“We get a lot of great feedback about them,” Napper said.
People can sponsor the 3ft x 5ft flags for their friends, family or anyone else.
The cost is $40 per flag, two for $70 or three for $90.
The flags are not sold, they are rented and reused.
Proceeds from flag and corporate sponsors will be used to support club projects, Napper said.
Each sponsored flag will have a tag with the honoree’s name and the people honoring them.
John Gleason, club president, said the ‘Walk of Honor’ “is something many people look forward to. All the flags waving around the courthouse lawn provide such an uplifting and patriotic display. that the whole community can benefit from.
Napper said the flags will likely be placed on the courthouse lawn around May 12.
They will fly until July 4th.
Napper said the tags will be placed on the masts around May 27.
People can order them until May 20, she said.
For more information or to order, call Napper at 270-993-0646 or visit the club’s Facebook page.
Keith Lawrence, 270-691-7301 [email protected]