Flags of Freedom, Princeton, IL

A Tribute to Honor the Past, Present & Future Members of Our Armed Services

Princeton, IL
Bureau County

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Flags of Freedom, Princeton, IL

"When these flags of Freedom are finally raised and a breeze unfurls their red. white and blue. it will be a constant salute and recognition to the courage of those who have served and those who will serve."

Dan Hollinsaid, father of US Army Staff Sgt. Lincoln Hollinsaid, who selflessly gave his life serving our country during Operation Iraqi Freedom, April 07, 2003

Flags of Freedom, Princeton, IL

Our Mission

Bureau County will continue to show our nation how much we truly appreciate our Military and Veterans. Our four "Flags of Freedom" at the Illinois Exit 56 shall remain flying and with your help we can make this happen!

The "Flags of Freedom" stand in tribute to the men and women who have served, are currently serving or will serve our country in the future. They are a reminder to future generations of the sacrifices made to keep our Nation free and secure.

Bureau County recognizes and salutes our Veterans and our Military.

Flags of Freedom, Princeton, IL

"My son and I were driving to and from Chicago and noticed the beautiful flags by the intersection to your town. The flags were waiving in the wind and it was a glorious site to see. We stopped at your truck stop to and from Chicago. I just wanted to let you know how beautiful they were and will indeed stop again on our future trips to and from Chicago. I'm proud of our great nation and it surely shows in the display I've just seen."

Michael C.

Flags of Freedom, Princeton, IL

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

Flags of Freedom, Princeton, IL

Our Valued Sponsors, Donors and Community Partners

We would like to take this opportunity to highlight the businesses, organizations and individuals who have helped support the Flags of Freedom through donations of time, resources and financial support! Without their invaluable help, we would be unable to complete our mission!

Platinum Sponsors

Phiel Motors LW Schneider Inc City of Princeton Central Bank Elmore Electric, Inc. Pioneer

Gold Sponsors

Colonian HealthCare and Rehabiltation Centre MTM Recognition Princeton Veteran's Organization Norberg Funeral Home Creations Unlimited Studstill Media First State Bank Vernon & Mary Sondgeroth

Silver Sponsors

Beck Oil Company 1st Farm Credit Services Top Notch Distributors, Inc. Linda Cumpton & Family Jim & Nancy Rapp Greg & Sandra Steele Jim & Sharon Read Donald & Gloria Ecklund

Other Sponsors

A&M Products Grandma Rosies Sweet Treats R&R Recovery 2 Geeks Web Design Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce and Main Street PHS Class of '81