Column: Recalling the Peace Avenue of FlagsIn this political year, 2008, it seems that one should show his patriotism by wearing a flag pin on the lapel of a coat, sweater or blouse. Worthington did something else.
By: Al Swanson, Worthington Daily Globe
WORTHINGTON — In this political year, 2008, it seems that one should show his patriotism by wearing a flag pin on the lapel of a coat, sweater or blouse.
Worthington did something else. The long avenue from Interstate 90 — the highway that goes past Worthington on its way east or west — became an Avenue of Flags. It became international because of an exchange of medical and hospital supplies, clothing and other needed items after World War II, which created a spirit of international brotherhood.
Worthington had developed a relationship with a community in Germany, namely Crailsheim. At first, it was a one-way relationship to help this community recover from the ravages of a war that almost destroyed their city. In appreciation for what Worthington has done, citizens of Crailsheim developed a relationship that exists today, more than a half-century later. Crailsheim came to Worthington and, in return, Worthington went to Crailsheim.
In 1958, Worthington was awarded a World Brotherhood Award. Then, in 1966, Worthington was given a Readers Digest award for distinguished service.
Worthington’s city council supported this project by purchasing and installing special flagpoles. Some of the flags that are on the Avenue came from other nations as their contribution to the tribute that was then named Peace Avenue of Flags. This street is referred to as a new and unique spirit of brotherhood between Worthington and Crailsheim. It became a symbol that contributes to international understanding between peoples and countries throughout the world.
Al Swanson is president emeritus of the Nobles County Historical Society.