Unfurling ceremony placing flags on historic Evansville buildings

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In observation of Veterans Day, American flags will return to their place of prominence on historic buildings in Downtown Evansville.

The Evansville Economic Improvement District (EID) is coordinating a Veterans Day Flag Unfurling Ceremony on Friday at 2:45 p.m. in front of the Ford Center at the corner of 6th and Main.

The ceremony is free to the public.

The brief ceremony will include remarks by Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, a prayer of thanks for our veterans, and patriotic music.

The ceremony will conclude with unfurling the flag at the historic American Trust and Savings Bank, currently home to VPS Architecture at 528 Main Street.

The effort to return the flags began following a conversation between EID Director Josh Armstrong and Michael Schopmeyer, partner at Kahn Dees Donovan and Kahn.

Currently, about a dozen historic flag poles are missing a U.S. or Indiana flag.

“Mike has been the unofficial flag-bearer of Downtown Evansville for almost two decades,” Armstrong said. “The EID looks forward to continuing his patriotic efforts throughout our neighborhood.”

During the ceremony one of these flags will be raised back to its place of prominence on an historic building.

“We see the raising of these flags serving two purposes; first, of course, the opportunity to demonstrate our City’s long-standing patriotic orientation,” said Armstrong. “But also, we see the flags as an important part of the historic preservation of our historic buildings,” he added.

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(This story was originally published on November 9, 2018)

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