City Makes Proclamations for the Community

Are you aware of all the things the city does to recognize important dates and months in the community? 

We’ll take a look at a few of the recent proclamations and explain their importance to our citizens. Whether honoring outstanding residents or encouraging historic preservation, the city council seeks to recognize special occasions and make us all aware of their impact on the area. 

May 16 Was Designated as Kids to Parks Day

When was the last time you checked out one of Rocky Mount’s parks?  Did you walk the Tar River Trail that winds through Sunset Park, or did you take in the view of the Falls of the Tar at Battle Park? 

The original Kids to Parks day was stabled by the National Park Trust and is held on the third Saturday in May. Its purpose is to encourage kids and their families to explore local and national parks, public lands and waterways. 

But on a deeper level, Kids to Parks Day encourages young people to be proactive with their health. This is of vital importance when diabetes and obesity are on the rise among the nation’s youth. 

May 17 – 23 Was Named Public Works Week


Public works employees are the heartbeat of the city, ensuring that everything is running smoothly and providing excellent service to citizens.  The purpose of the week is to educate community members about the dedication and hard work that public works employees contribute to the city.

The proclamation states:

“These Public Works facilities and services could not be provided to the community without the dedicated efforts and unwavering commitment of the Public Works and Water Resources professionals responsible for planning, designing, building, operating, maintaining and managing the transportation network, the stormwater system, the water supply, the water and wastewater treatment plants, and the wastewater distribution and collection systems.”

If you see a public works employee, take time to thank them and let them know how much you appreciate them!

Resolutions Honoring Outstanding Citizens

In addition to these proclamations, Mayor Roberson also read a pair of resolutions honoring Lives Well Lived, remembering two Rocky Mount natives who made an incredible difference in their community: Herman Boone and Benjamin "Mayo" Boddie Sr.

Herman Boone was a football coach forever immortalized in the movie “Remember the Titans,” where he was portrayed by Denzel Washington. (Check out our earlier article on Boone.) 

Benjamin “Mayo” Boddie Sr. was one of the pioneering forces behind Boddie-Noell Enterprises and the development of Hardee’s restaurants. He oversaw the growth and development of the franchise. You can read more about his legacy with the company.

 

Past April Proclamations

Past proclamations this year included:

April 13-17,2020 as Community Development Week.

April 2020 was designated as Fair Housing Month.


Want to Learn More?

If you want to know more about these proclamations and get firsthand knowledge of their importance, consider attending a city council meeting or check out the latest city news on the City of Rocky Mount website.

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