Can you imagine U.S. flags lining Sleepy Eye’s Main Street from end to end?

Can you imagine U.S. flags lining Sleepy Eye’s Main Street from end to end? Tom Goetz, President of First Security Bank, has imagined it, so we will all see it soon.

Goetz said the idea came during the Highway 14 project. “The MnDOT crew came around asking [each business] if we wanted to keep our flag holes in the new sidewalk,” said Goetz. “I didn’t even know we had one, but I said yes.” From there, the idea that flags could fly in front of every downtown business came to Goetz. And then the idea grew—why not at every business place, from Kibble to Del Monte, with First Avenue included?

With enthusiastic support from First Security Bank’s board of directors for donation of the flags, Goetz purchased flags and poles for over 100 locations. “We have 103 locations now,” said Goetz, during a conversation on Oct. 12. “And, there are more flags available for additional locations or eventual replacement needs.”

First Security Bank staff, with assistance from Honor Guard, Legion and VFW members, are starting to distribute the flags Thursday and Friday, Oct. 18 and 19. Goetz said businesses are encouraged to fly them on every flag-flying holiday and he also hopes the tradition of flying the flag on the day of a veteran’s funeral will be revived. “They can fly them as often as they want,” he said.

Goetz said he appreciated the help of the city and the chamber of commerce on this project. “Bob Elston coordinated drilling holes in the concrete where there were none and helped me find the additional locations that brought the total to the 103 flags,” he said. “Kurk Kramer is helping get the word out to businesses, along with Christina Andres at the chamber, who will also work on getting the word out for veteran’s funerals.”

The plan is for all the new flags and poles to be distributed and ready for display for Veterans Day. A flag dedication program is being planned for Friday, Nov. 9, with more details to come.