Join us for a special Folded Flags Public Art Dedication on Flag Day, June 14
The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and enjoy a special evening on Flag Day that will honor veterans and conclude with the inaugural lighting of West Des Moines’ latest public art installation, Folded Flags, at the intersection of Brown’s Woods Drive and Veterans Parkway.
The West Des Moines Community Band will kick off the festivities at 7:30 p.m. on Friday evening, June 14, as free apple pie and vanilla ice cream (provided by Hy-Vee) are served to attendees.
At 8:30 p.m., WDM Parks and Recreation Director Sally Ortgies will make a few remarks before introducing Mayor Steve Gaer and Public Arts Advisory Commission Chair Ryan Crane. The WDM Community Band will then play the National Anthem as the American Legion Post 562 Honor Guard enters the field. After a 21-gun salute, the Boy Scouts from Troop 242 will perform a flag folding ceremony that will conclude with the presentation of the flag to family members of Alice Dumais, who served in the Army as a Second Lieutenant during World War II.
Once the Honor Guard exits and the sun sets, the evening will conclude as the field lights are turned off and fifteen standing folded flags are illuminated.
All public parking will be available at 6200 Thornton Avenue, and a free shuttle will take attendees to and from the site. No rain date will be scheduled for this event.
Folded Flags is the first of several planned phases of enhancements that will bring public art to a 11.5 mile stretch of Veterans Parkway.
Public meetings were held in 2017 with neighbors living in the area, local veterans groups and City employees to discuss how public art could honor veterans and their service. After months of discussion and planning, Shive-Hattery, Inc., an industry leader in architecture, engineering and design, designed Folded Flags. Funding was provided by the City of West Des Moines Capital Improvement Program and a grant from BRAVO Greater Des Moines.