On Marion’s birthday, May 20th, 2019, the City of Marion held a community-wide flag-raising ceremony for the new city flag which was unveiled earlier in the year. Mayor Jess Alumbaugh and Marketing & Community Relations Director Layla Price-Bodkin led the ceremony at City Hall, while other flags were being raised throughout the city. The symbol on the flag was developed by passionate volunteers of IWU’s Marion Design Co.
Excerpt from video:
“We encouraged citizens over the past several months to buy a city flag to show spirit for our common identity…our team…Marion. This decision was based on listening to community members, students of IWU’s Marion Design Co., and the intuition that having our very own flag would be an inspiring next step in the process of telling the story of the City’s brand as it was developed by passionate local volunteers. On the flag, the Marion “M” made up of unifying blues is powerfully yet comfortably displayed on a pure white background. Following extensive community engagement in 2016 & early 2017, volunteer students and professors…making up the newly established Marion Design Co.,…put their heads and hearts together to design this unifying symbol of our city. Just as they planted themselves Downtown to learn and interact first-hand with Marion citizens, they developed a ‘mark’ that is planted in the heart of Marion. The center square represents the Courthouse Square which is in the shape of a diamond because it, along with the shapes around it forming the “M” representing the many spaces that make up this community, is rising up and out of the ground, and moving toward the future. Now displayed as the centerpiece of Marion’s city flag, flying high on flag poles and buildings, you will see the “M” in motion. Maybe this will be a constant reminder to be in motion and do things to make Marion a better place for all of us…with the future of Marion in mind.”
Flags may be purchased at Collins Flags (1301 S. Baldwin Ave., Marion, IN 46953 / 800−950−4061). 10% of your purchase returns to the City of Marion to use for community development efforts. You are invited to take a picture or video of your flag and post it on social media using #championmarion, or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Video produced by Michael Mathias. Instagram: @MichaelMathias.