Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s  “Business is Blooming 2019” award winner for “Biggest Blooms”

Mentioned in “State of the Artist: Here, Go Make Some Stuff”

“After we left the playground, Ann and I drove to another place that holds meaning for her; the roundabout at North Main and Auburn Streets in Rockford. It is officially known as Veterans Memorial Circle. The speed limit is 15 miles per hour, but many motorists notoriously go above that. Still, Ann was pleased to be there.

Ann said, “I’m looking at this roundabout and it is absolutely gorgeous. The neighborhood has come together and planted flowers on this corner. And it is just breathtaking. And for me, this says there is hope. When people come together, you can turn something that’s notorious into a thing of beauty.”

Biggest accomplishment:  Thanks for countless veterans for recognizing their service!

Here is a look at last year’s Spruce Up Day, May 11th, 2019 in pictures:

And on Sunday, May 19, 2019, we proudly celebrated that success with re-dedication ceremony for Veterans Memorial Circle.

Dozens of Winnebago County veterans joined us that afternoon at the NW corner of the roundabout, under the same 40- by 60-foot tent that was our headquarters on Spruce Up Day for assigning and feeding volunteers.

Again, M&M Photography captured the spirit of the day.

“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause.

“Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.”

― Abraham Lincoln