Special Meaning Behind Flags At Manhattan Park

By: Lindsey Rogers
By: Lindsey Rogers

Manhattan, KAN. (WIBW) -- The Manhattan city park now has a new landmark that represents its close relationship with a town in the Czech Republic.

A dedication ceremony was held at the park Thursday night for the new flag plaza.

Members of Manhattan's sister city Dobrichovice, located 15 miles outside of Prague, made the 18 hour trip to the United States to see the flag of their town and country sway alongside the Manhattan flag and United States flag.

"We are a small town in the Czech Republic with a population of 3,000 people and all of a sudden, we will see the flag of our town above our heads in the middle of the American continent. This is something fantastic," said Vaclav Kratochvil, Former Mayor of Dobrichovice.

"This is a symbol of our partnership, the Flag Plaza, and it's an educational tool for us to let all of our community know about our partner city in the Czech Republic. It's a beautiful addition to the city park and the city of Manhattan and we certainly invite everyone to come and enjoy this plaza because that's what it's about- learning together and educating one another," said Ed Klimek, Chairman of the Partner City Advisory Committee.

The flag plaza was made possible thanks to $60,000 in private donations,

It's located at the corner of 14th Street and Poyntz Avenue in Manhattan.

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