THE GOAL: To have over 100 pole banners (similar to the picture on the left) representing service men and women of Anderson County on display on Garnett's town square, as well as US Highway 59, Highway 169 (6th Avenue), Main Street, Oak and Park Road.
UPDATE! Thanks to the amazing support by the many sponsors (family members and friends), there will be a total of187 banners representing 194 honorees that will fly in tribute to these military honorees in time for Memorial Day weekend and will remain on display through Independence Day, July 4. The banners will be removed for preservation on or after the end of July. This project is in conjunction with the Garnett Community Foundation with significant work performed by the Garnett Electric Distribution Department.
Honoring those who have served and keep us safe.
The weather made the event go indoors this year, but we still celebrated our heroes like no other!
2018: Special thanks are due to Jeff Russell and the Garnett Area Community Band, ACHS Band, the Jeffrey S. Mersman VFW Post 6397, American Legion Post 48, the American Legion Riders, Garnett/Anderson County Volunteer Fire Department, Everett Cox and the Heartland Fly Girls for make the Celebration of Service one of the most important community events of the year.
THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2018 - CELEBRATION OF SERVICE
About the project
Thank you to everyone who supports this project. Donations for the long term upkeep of brackets and hardware is appreciated. You are welcome to still support this project by sending your tax deductible donations to: Garnett Community Foundation, Garnett City Hall,
ATTN: Garnett Remembers Project, P.O. Box H, 131 W. 5th Avenue, Garnett, KS 66032
THANK YOU TO ALL SPONSORS
AND SUPPORTERS OF THIS
PROJECT. IF IT WERE NOT FOR
YOUR GENEROSITY THIS SHOW OF
AMERICAN PRIDE WOULD NOT BE
THANK YOU... To the Garnett Community Foundation for their partnership.
GARNETT, KS: The public is invited to a special event each year to be held on the Thursday evening prior to Memorial Day Weekend at 7:00 p.m. on the Anderson County Courthouse lawn to recognize the patriotic banner honorees. Please bring lawn chairs. In the event of inclement weather, the celebration will take place in the auditorium of the Anderson County Jr.-Sr. High School.
This is a very special event that honors the individuals represented through the Project: Garnett Remembers, a patriotic pole banner project started in 2016. The fourth phase of the project concluded at the end of April, 2018 with 194 honorees on 187 banners. This project has brought together residents and extended family members from across the United States to recognize the selfless sacrifices of these individuals whose faces adorn each banner.
Military men and women who have served the United States Air Force, Army, Army National Guard, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy with ties to Garnett and Anderson County are represented on these banners that will proudly fly from prior to Memorial Day weekend through Independence Day (July 4) and perhaps until the end of July.
Tentative schedule of the Celebration of Service are the following: Garnett Area Community Band accompanied by members of the Anderson County High School Band, the Heartland Fly Girls, patriotic music provided by Everett Cox, appearance from the American Legion Riders, and Presentation of Colors by the Jeffery S. Mersman VFW Post 6397 and American Legion Post 48. All 194 men and women will be recognized during this service by name in this special ceremony led by the Garnett City Commission. Special United States flags on display will be provided courtesy of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, Garnett Fire Department and volunteers.
The Celebration of Service is hosted by the City of Garnett. Banner honorees, their family, friends and the community is invited to attend and show support for those who serve and protect our freedom. City, County and State dignitaries are always invited.
The Garnett Remembers patriotic banner project is made possible through the Garnett Community Foundation and city staff, with great emphasis on the work performed by the Garnett Electric Department.