Des Moines — Several Knoxville representatives visited the Iowa Statehouse on Monday, as the Iowa House of Representatives passed House Resolution 121, which recognizes March 23-29 as Dixie Cornell Gebhardt Week in Iowa, and Knoxville as the birthplace of the Iowa State Flag. The resolution passed unanimously.
Rep. Greg Heartsill introduced the resolution. The focus of his most recent weekly newsletter was on Gebhardt, Knoxville native and creator of the Iowa State Flag. Heartsill's column is pasted below.
Saturday, March 29, 2014, marks the 93rd Anniversary of the adoption of the Iowa State Flag by the 39th Iowa General Assembly. Our state flag was designed in1917 by Knoxville native, Dixie Cornell Gebhardt.
Ms. Gebhardt, herself being a daughter of a Civil War veteran, belonged to the Mary Marion Chapter of the Daughters of the Revolution in Knoxville. These ladies are credited with the inspiration for our states official banner, thus allowing Knoxville the claim of “Birthplace of the Iowa Flag.”
Last month, Governor Terry Branstad signed a proclamation declaring March 29, 2014 as Iowa Flag Day. In addition to the Governor’s proclamation, I also authored House Resolution 121 which not only recognizes Iowa Flag Day, but also declares Knoxville as the “Birthplace of the Iowa Flag” and officially recognizes the week of March 23 through March 29 as “Dixie Cornell Gebhardt week.”
Several dignitaries from the City of Knoxville will be on hand this upcoming Monday when we pass this resolution in the Iowa House of Representatives. Thanks to the Knoxville Mayor’s Youth Council, I will also be handing out a lapel pin to every Representative in the House chamber that is in the shape of our state, displays the colors of our state flag, and proudly proclaims Knoxville as the “Birthplace of the Iowa Flag”.
Whenever I have an opportunity to give a personal tour to visitors from House District 28 and we have time visit the Governor’s executive office, I make sure to take them to the Lieutenant Governor’s office as well. The portrait overlooking Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds’s desk is that of Dixie Gebhardt. It is the very first thing I draw everyone’s attention to when visiting her office.