There are three stories in the news that I liked today. The first about a sesquicentennial celebration added to an annual Flag Day Parade in Appleton Wisconsin. Then a story about the additional benefits of being named the MVP of a Super Bowl—dropping the flag to start the Indy 500 this year. And last, a news story from Estacada, Oregon looking for designs for a new memorial they want to build.
Appleton unites Flag Day Parade, city’s 150th birthday
When the parade takes its 57th trek June 9, it will be in conjunction with the sesquicentennial celebration of the city it so represents.
“It is wonderful to tag on to the parade,” said Mary Ann Wepfer, marketing and projects director of Appleton Downtown Inc. and sesquicentennial committee member.
The sesquicentennial theme will run through the parade, according to committee member Greg Otis, who has sat at the helm of the parade since 1984.
Super Bowl MVP Manning to Wave Green Flag to Start 91st Indy 500
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Two-time National Football League MVP Manning also will serve as grand marshal of the IPL 500 Festival Parade on Saturday, May 26 in downtown Indianapolis.
Quarterback Manning led the Indianapolis Colts in the 2006-07 season to their first NFL championship, as the Colts beat the Chicago Bears, 29-17, in the Super Bowl. Since joining the Colts as an NFL rookie in 1998, Manning has become one of America’s most respected and beloved sports stars.
“I am very honored to have been asked to serve as the grand marshal of the 2007 IPL 500 Festival Parade,” Manning said. “I appreciate the grand tradition of the Indianapolis 500 and am excited to participate in the festivities surrounding the event.”
Looking for veterans memorial designs
The proposed memorial will be located in downtown Estacada at the Wade Street right-of-way between the IOOF hall and the state highway property on Southwest 2nd Avenue.
The memorial will be constructed in three phases: