Flags and Flannel March 1, 2019, Abbey Farms. 6PMHelp bring Flag Day Monument to Batavia: Tickets now available for “Flags & Flannel” dinnerCFFRV matching funds raised March 1
BATAVIA, IL (Feb. 20, 2019) – A community barn dinner will support the Flag Day Monument to be built in downtown Batavia. The event, called Flags & Flannel, will be held 6 p.m., Friday, March 1, at Abbey Farms, 2855 Hart Rd., Aurora. Among honored guests will be Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Alan Lynch of Gurnee, IL, and local and regional public figures from the Greater Fox Valley area.
“The idea for the monument grew out of a conversation about how we could honor the area’s deep connection to the history of Flag Day through Dr. Bernard Cigrand, a Batavian who appealed to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson to establish the holiday in 1916,” said Austin Dempsey, President of the Fox Valley Patriotic Organization, a non-profit with a mission to build the monument.
As the idea evolved, the planned Monument grew from a commemorative piece to an educational attraction that can be celebrated throughout the region and inspire a sense of unity today and for generations to come.
“Beyond the pure beauty of the piece, it will be a functional, interactive learning tool,” said Dempsey.
Designed by architect Steve Vasilion of Batavia, the monument is a combination of architectural elements that unfold both to tell the story of the American Flag and to mark the historic milestones that unite Americans under the flag. The flagpole itself will serve as a sundial marking such celebrated events as the first moon landing along with national tragedies, such as 9-11, by date and time as it shines along the 40-foot diameter brick helix. Groundbreaking is planned for March 1, 2020, with completion and unveiling on Flag Day, June 14, 2020.
The educational elements are what attracted board member Cathy McNally to the project.
“As the proud Army Mom to 1st
Lieutenant, Zachary McNally currently serving overseas, I am excited to help bring the Flag Day Monument to the region and to the generations to follow,” she said. “This project will create a vehicle for conversation with our children, teaching them of the unbroken chain of heroes who have defended our way of life.”
The Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, which already has donated $100 thousand to the Monument fund, has pledged to match all funds raised at Flags & Flannel – from ticket sales to auction items and memorial bricks – dollar-for-dollar up to $25 thousand.
Flags & Flannel. It will feature live music from Billy Croft & the 5 Alarm Band, food provided by Team FIB BBQ, live auctions and a cash bar. It also will be the first opportunity for individuals and groups to purchase legacy bricks with customized engraving. Visit www.flagdaymonument.com
for information and a link to Eventbrite for tickets, priced at $100.
“Flags & Flannel is our first fundraising event,” said Dempsey. “It offers a unique experience to come and dine together as a regional community.”
To sponsor or donate auction items use the contact form at www.flagdaymonument.com