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HISTORY OF THE FLAGS

Find out how the four 30×60 flags installed at Exit 56 on I-80 in 2005 originated. 

OUR MISSION

We want to show our nation how much we truly appreciate our Military and Veterans. 

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We appreciate your support as every little bit helps keep out flags flying!

What is Our Purpose?

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! Please consider taking a few minutes to watch the video below to learn more about our committee. 

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.

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Bureau County recognizes and salutes our Veterans and our Military.

Draw Down!

The Flags of Freedom Draw Down will be held on April 13, 2024 at the Princeton Moose Lodge.

Suggested donation is $30. Need not be present to win. Chicken dinner available for purchase. The drawing will start at 7:30 p.m. 

Only 250 tickets will be sold. Contact Rod at 815-866-1534 with any questions!

Supporting Our Flags

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 $1400.00 each. Our current committee consists of approximately 15 members who are diligently trying to get donations to “keep the flags flying”.

“Flags of Freedom” was co-founded by Jack Scott and Harry Burrows with the original committee spinning up in 2004. At its conception, this committee was co-chaired by both Mr. Scott and Tom Root, who at the time was the current Princeton Police Chief and a Non-Commissioned Officer in the US Army. This committee raised over $320,000.00 by donations and fund raising events. The flags and poles were then purchased and were professionally installed.

Contact Us

MICHAEL BAKER

(815) 876-0807

Mailing Address

Flags of Freedom
PO Box 283
Princeton, IL 61356

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For those looking to help support our mission through a financial donation, we offer both a traditional mail-in form and an easy online donation portal through the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation! We appreciate your support as every little bit helps keep out flags flying!

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