I stopped down by the Kiwanis flag display today and found John and Cory putting the finishing touches of the lights for the big flags. At 7:30 this evening they were turned on for the first time. Marv invited Mayor Josh who brought a friend with a camera drone that hovered overhead and got some pictures. The Official Dedication will be in conjunction with Veterans Day on November 11. There is still a lot of work to be done but the crew of Kiwanians working on it are very dedicated to getting all the flags in place before the winter "shut down". The large tree in the background is a Cottonwood which is the Nebraska State tree. They are a native, fast growing species and thrive on lowland sites. Many of them were planted by Homesteaders but they became very prominent along creeks and rivers in Nebraska.
This is the view of the first lighting from sitting on one of the "Parade of Flags" benches. There was a nice crowd cheering as the switch was flipped and the lights came on. The flags are already a very welcoming display to the City. It was my first opportunity to see one of the little drones in action. While I'm sure it takes some training and practice to operate it, the fellow was able to put it right where he wanted it and could hold it there for pictures. The pictures are displayed on the control case monitor so he was able to move the drone to get the best view. I'm thinking of asking Santa Clause to bring me one for Christmas.