DOWNERS GROVE – What began as an effort by Don Shee about four years ago to line his neighborhood with the Stars and Stripes for Flag Day has grown into a free patriotic concert this year at Fishel Park.
"[The flag is the] one thing that kind of holds us together," the World War Two veteran said. "It's the one thing we all kind of have together. No mater what party – Libertarian, Democrat, Republican, Independent – there's always the flag. That's one thing we respect."
Residents are invited to Fishel Park at 6 p.m. June 14 for the concert by the 60-member West Suburban Concert Band. Shee said attendees are encouraged to come early and bring blankets, lawn chairs, coolers and picnic baskets to enjoy the evening of patriotic music.
Last year, Shee hosted the concert in his front yard for his neighborhood, but said he wanted more people to be able to attend this year, so he contacted the park district.
He is hosting the event with the Fox Valley chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. He said the event will also have a special recognition of all servicemen and women from all branches.
In addition to celebrating the flag and our veterans, he hopes the event can grow membership in the local Sons of the American Revolution chapter, he said.
"I didn't belong (to the organization) for a long time, but recently I didn't like the way this country was going," he said. "So I thought I better join some sort of organization that takes its roots back to the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence and see if we can't come up with a solution to some of the problems we have."
Along with the concert, Shee is again organizing a ceremony in which 120 of his neighbors near 61st Street and Dunham Road display on their lawns on Flag Day.
President Woodrow Wilson established Flag Day in 1916.
• The flag should be flown in fair weather
• The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing.
• The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose.
• No part of the flag should touch the ground or any other object
• The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally
• The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning
Source: United States Code Title 4 Chapter 1