“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.”
“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. 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” 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 members 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
PO Box 283
Princeton, IL 61356
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!