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Flag Day is remembered on June 14


Above / The American Flag outside City Hall faces the Riverwalk along the DuPage River.

Happy Flag Day!

When PN readers search “flag” on this website, dozens of past posts suddenly appear.

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More specifically, several posts highlight “Flag Day,” celebrated every year on June 14.

Celebrate Flag Day on June 14 by Sue Jelinek Click here for Jelinek’s June 2022 column.

American Flag dates back to 1777 Click here for Editor’s Story June 2019

Both recognized on June 14, the U.S. Army and American flags are symbols of freedom in Naperville parades held throughout the year.

Army Birthday and Flag Day share same date, June 14 by Mike Barbour Click here for Barbour’s June 2019 column.

American flag flies high over Central Park in downtown Naperville.

Naperville Municipal Band summer concert fell on Flag Day, June 14, 2018. Click here for photo gallery in Central Park.

Remember! Every Naperville Municipal Band slated at 7:30PM every Thursday evening from now through Aug. 11, 2022, begins its program with recognition of the American flag while the band plays the Star Spangled Banner. Strike up the band that’s been around since 1859 with tributes to the red, white and blue that’s been flying for the United States of America since 1777. All concerts are free of charge and performed on stage at the Community Concert Center in Central Park. For more information about the Naperville Municipal Band, visit www.napervilleband.org.

Remember Flag Day by flying the American flag every day!

Though Flag Day is not a federal holiday, June 14 also is recognized as “National Flag Day” in the United States, a day honoring the national flag.

On July 4, 1776 (a.k.a. Independence Day), the Continental Congress declared the original 13 American colonies’ independence from the British monarchy. Slightly less than a year later, on June 14, 1777, Congress passed a resolution declaring the flag of the United States “be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

For more than 250 years, synonyms or nicknames for the American Flag include “the Stars and Stripes,” “Grand Old Flag,” “Old Glory,” “the Red, White and Blue,” and “the Star-Spangled Banner.” Memorable music also reflects those names.

Simply stated, Flag Day commemorates the date in 1777 when the United States Congress approved the design for its first national flag.

Veterans will host retirement of City’s American Flag with special flag-folding ceremony on Sun., June 26

The Naperville Honor Guard is pictured under the American flag at the Naperville Muncipal Center. (Photo courtesy Dennis Lukavsky)
When the American flag mounted on the side of Naperville Municipal Center to commemorate special holidays began to show its age, plans were made to replace the flag with a new one. 
The old flag will be taken to Naperville VFW Hall for a formal folding ceremony by members of the Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 and American Legion Post 43. The ceremony is scheduled for 2PM Sun., June 26, 2022.
“Since the flag is very large (20 X 30 Ft), its folding will be worthwhile to witness,” noted Dennis Lukavsky, publicist for the local Veterans’ organizations. “The public is invited to witness this historic event.”
After the American Flag is properly folded, the symbol of freedom will be placed in a new wooden case crafted to store, preserve and remember its historic significance in Naperville. The flag will be placed on display at the VFW.
The Naperville VFW Hall is on the second level of the Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873, located at 908 W. Jackson Avenue.
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