The Anson County courthouse lawn was once again adorned with tiny U.S. flags by Uptown Wadesboro to commemorate those affected by the events of 9/11.
Julian Swittenberg II, director of Uptown Wadesboro said that volunteers from the community help set up the display.
“We hope to keep them up until Tuesday afternoon, but the storm may require us to remove the flags sooner,” Swittenburg said last week.
Swittenburg said he is unsure of why the flags are specifically placed on the front lawn, but added that it is a central area with a lot of traffic and that other groups create displays for Veterans Day, Day on the spot.
Although no official ceremony was planned, Swittenburg said, “that is something we can certainly discuss for the future.”
Swittenberg said that some of the events that Uptown Wadesboro supports are held annually, while others are not.
“Residents anticipate getting the opportunity to enjoy the gatherings in Uptown Wadesboro,” Swittenburg said. “These annual events include the 9/11 flag display in front of the county court house, fireworks and music around the fourth of July, fall festival around Halloween, and hot chocolate at the Christmas parade.”
The monthly meetings of the Uptown Wadesboro board of directors are where the planning for events takes place.
“As the director, my duties are to coordinate event activities to include getting volunteers, vendors, supplies as well as requesting approval from town or county officials,” Swittenburg said. “Most have been occurring for some time, but I can only speak for the last three.”
Uptown Wadesboro sponsored the first outdoor movie on the Town Square, and wants to continue that event. Other groups, like the Chamber of Commerce, have also been introducing new events to bring more people to the Uptown area.
Uptown Wadesboro draws around 75 to 100 people for some of the annual events. It is a non-profit organization, and the success depends upon donations from sponsors.
“We hope to continue to support ongoing events for the residents,” Swittenburg said. “We issue an annual plan of events and request sponsorship to fund operational costs. We also depend upon the dedicated group of volunteers who freely contribute their time to making the events a success.”
Swittenburg said that in reference to building appearance, Uptown Wadesboro is going to have an active presence in improving the appearance of Uptown Wadesboro facades.
“Uptown Wadesboro, Inc. is only one of the groups driving a renewed interest in sponsoring events that draw residents and their families to Uptown Wadesboro,” Swittenburg said. “The Chamber, Anson Partnership, Veterans Services and HOLLA are some of the active groups.”