HEARTLAND FLOOD: Bellevue fights to restore flood-damaged tradition

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BELLEVUE, Neb. (WOWT) - A patriotic display in Olde Towne Bellevue is in danger of disappearing.

In May, visitors to Olde Towne would typically see rows of flags lining the area, but the Heartland Flood may put a stop to the Memorial Day tradition.

"Everything in that unit was gone, devastated, with no insurance," Faith Morrison said.

The 125 flags, pole and brackets placed at a storage facility along Harlan Lewis Rd. were destroyed in the flood.

Now, the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce is hoping to raise money to replace them.

"I'm hoping that it's bigger, actually. That's my goal is we're hoping to get flags up more. We need them back," John Stevens said.

The mission is especially important to Stevens, whose late father, Don, knocked on doors 20 years ago to start raising money for the first display.

"I think it's important that even though after he has passed away, the city still puts them up every year. It's a community thing," he said.

The cost to replace the equipment is about $6,000. So far, the Chamber of Commerce has raised between 10 and 15 percent of that.

"We've had a lot of calls at the Chamber, some very nice letters coming in about how important that memoriam is to our military," Morrison said.

They hope to have that memorial in place through the summer and in years to come.

"Bellevue always rallies together in support of one another, Stevens said.

Anyone wishing to donate can write a check to the Bellevue Economic Enhancement Foundation.