Charleston City Council convenes to honor vets, designate holiday
A trio of proclamations primarily recognizing Vietnam veterans — as well as a presentation commemorating the designations — will be on the table when Charleston City Council convenes at 6:30 p.m. today, March 15, at 520 Jackson Ave.
The Council will proclaim March 27 as National Exchange Club Day, while naming March 29 as Vietnam Veterans Day on behalf of Commemorative Partner Governor Edward Coles - Sally Lincoln Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), and the United States of America Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration.
NSDAR has partnered with the federally established nationwide Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration to "thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war (POW) or listed as missing in action (MIA), for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to thank and honor the families of these veterans."
Debra Sandercock of the Governor Edward Coles—Sally Lincoln Chapter, NSDAR, will present a 50th Anniversary Vietnam commemoration flag to the City of Charleston, which will be flown March 29 in gratitude and recognition for Vietnam veterans.
Also on Charleston’s agenda are street closure resolutions to facilitate bicycling, marathon and 5K events — including the 10th Annual Tour de Exchange, Eastern Illinois Half Marathon and 5K Classic.
The city budget for fiscal year 2016-17; a petition that would allow a church to use elementary, private and parochial schools for certain activities; and a petition rezoning an area from an agricultural district to a C/D Corridor Development district will follow, with a public comment session allotted time prior to executive session and adjournment.