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June 13, 2014

Flags fly downtown once again

Committee pushed to bring back ‘patriotic feel’

TERRE HAUTE — After a year without American flags adorning downtown, the stars and stripes are back along Wabash Avenue thanks to Downtown Terre Haute, Inc.

About four dozen flags are flying from light posts along Wabash from Third to Ninth streets.

“It brings a patriotic feel,” said Lauren Rollings, an Indiana State University student eating some frozen yogurt with friends Tanner Christian and McCall Christopher outside Yogurt In Love near Seventh and Wabash Friday evening.

The flags will be flying downtown until Labor Day, said Stephanie Miller, head of the Downtown Terre Haute, Inc.’s StreetScapes Committee, which spearheaded the flag effort.

“I like that,” Christian said when told the flags will out all summer. “I appreciate it.”

Last year, there were no flags flying along Wabash and Miller, whose grandfather was a World War II veteran, said she felt that needed to change this year.

“I never met [my grandpa] but I think he’d be proud to see this,” Miller said. “I thought the flags were an important element for downtown that we missed last year.”

DTH spent about $2,000 on the flag project, including purchasing flags, poles and brackets. The money came from the organization’s StreetScapes budget, Miller said. The DTH leadership approved the project, she said, adding that Duke Energy also made a contribution to the effort.

“It looks like summer,” Miller said.

The flags were up in time for Memorial Day. Today is another special occasion to recognize the stars and stripes: Flag Day.

“If I were a veteran driving along Wabash, it would look good,” Miller said. “It’s definitely to honor past and present veterans.”

Downtown Terre Haute Inc. is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving Terre Haute’s downtown. To help support the flag effort, donations can be sent to: Flags/StreetScape, P.O. Box 9445, Terre Haute, IN, 47808. Miller would like to see the flags eventually flying all the way to 14th Street, she said.

The DTH StreetScapes Committee also raises money through caring for “adopted” downtown flower boxes. Flower boxes can be adopted for $50, $100 or $250 annually, depending on their size. DTH volunteers plant flowers and care for the boxes on behalf of those supporting the effort. Sponsors are recognized with decorative plaques and each sponsorship includes hardwood mulch, perennial flowers and watering. Boxes are available from Third to 14th streets on Wabash and along the Seventh Street Arts Corridor.

For more information on DTH or to sign up for the organization’s weekly newsletter, visit www.downtownterrehaute.org.

Reporter Arthur Foulkes can be reached at 812-231-4232 or arthur.foulkes@tribstar.com.

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