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image by Masao Okazaki, 14 July 2022
based on photo located by Dave Fowler, 24 October 2019
The City of Silvis has adopted a new flag:
Holly Handel, a Silvis native who works as an accounts payable clerk at
Silvis City Hall, won a tight contest on Facebook with her flag design. She was
part of a three-way tie when several aldermen voted, trimming the list of about
10 originals to three. Handel estimates well over 300 people voted on Facebook.
The total could have exceeded 400.
The contest was held a few months ago. Mayor Matt Carter unveiled the winning flag at last Tuesday's city council meeting. The navy blue flag features a white train track running down the left side, a white golf tee and an outline of a ball for the first “I” in Silvis, and a white locomotive and a whistle, which spews eight white stars into the air. The 'I' (that was the tee with the ball dotting the i) represented the John Deere Classic, (which takes place in Silvis); the eight stars represent the Hero Street 8,” Handel said. “The train (locomotive) represents the railroad; the track would also represent the railroad (Silvis is also well known for its large train yard). The design is simple but gets its points across regarding Silvis' heritage. Across the bottom of the flag in 3-inch high capital letters were the words, “HOME OF HEROES & CHAMPIONS”.
Dave Fowler, 24 October 2019