“We Like Ike” and other patriotic posters and flags can be seen in Abilene with the beginning of the 75th Commemoration of D-Day starting Saturday.
In conjunction with the weeklong festivities on the Dwight D. Eisenhower Museum and Library campus, the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau and Holm Automotive Center are sponsoring a “Abilene Supports our D-Day Troops” commemoration sign display.
The display contest will run through Thursday, the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
And while the museum’s renovation will not be complete due to the government shutdown, a Remembrance Ceremony will be held on the date of the anniversary.
The contest offering cash prizes consists of two categories:
• Commercial and residential properties in Abilene’s Historic Downtown District and those along Buckeye Avenue;
• Everywhere else in city limits.
Prizes for category 1: First place $500, second $250, third $100.
Prizes for category 2: First place $250, second $100 and third $50.
To participate, pick up a “We Like Ike” yard or window sign for $10 at the CVB office or Visitors Center. Proceeds from the signs will go to the Little Ike Park project.
Mary Jean Eisenhower, granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, will serve as the contest judge.
“Each year we welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to our five-star community,” said Julie Roller, Abilene CVB director. “Let’s show the world what an iconic American community looks like when it remembers what General Eisenhower and Veterans did for freedom everywhere!”
For more information, or to pick up a sign, please contact the Abilene Convention & Visitors Bureau at 201 NW 2nd or call (785) 263-2231.