About the Flags of Freedom
The "Flags of Freedom" committee, a non-profit organization, has been re-established in July of 2016 in order to support the four large flags in Princeton, Illinois in Bureau County. These 30 foot x 60 foot flags are hung from 153 foot poles at the intersection of Interstate 80 and Route 26. The committee is working to raise funds to ensure that these flags remain flying. The weather is very harsh on the flags. We do try to lower them or take them down completely when there is inclement weather to prevent them from getting torn. The flags are expensive costing $1360.00 each. Our current committee consists of approximately 15 members who are diligently trying to get donations to "keep the flags flying".
The original "Flags of Freedom" committee was started in 2004. They wanted to have a memorial in honor of all veterans and their families. It was decided that they would attempt to raise enough money to buy the flags and the poles. This committee raised over $320,000.00 by donations and fund raising events. The flags and poles were then purchased and were professionally installed.
The "Flags of Freedom" of were officially dedicated on September, 10th, 2005 in a ceremony that was attended by over 2500 people including many local and state dignitaries, as well a a number of current and past memebers of the US armed forces.
In 2007 the City of Princeton took over the responsibility of maintaining the flags and the poles. In July, 2016 the City of Princeton made the statement that they needed help funding the cost of the flags and infrastructure. Since no tax money is used to support this program, some funding comes from the tourism fund.
A group met with the city council and discussed that a new committee was going to be formed to try to raise funds to help support the flags. The City of Princeton has agreed to maintain daily maintenance and minor infrastructure repairs. The City will approve the purchase of two flags annually.
We are in the process of trying to get supporters to buy a flag on an annual basis. If someone cannot afford to do that, donations of any amount can be made to help purchase the flags and 'KEEP THEM FLYING'. This is a great tribute to all of our veterans, past, present, and future