A local veterans group partnering with the City of Yorkville and Yorkville American Legion Post 489 are hoping to fill Town Square Park with American flags during the week leading up to Veterans Day in honor of those who serve our country in the military, with help from local residents.
Veterans Outreach of Kendall County, along with the city and the Legion post, are organizing the Yorkville Flags of Valor project, where the public can sponsor a flag for $30 that will be displayed at Town Square Park starting Monday, Nov. 5 through Monday, Nov. 12.
The order will include a keepsake ribbon and an option to personalize a tag in honor of a veteran, according to Donovan Torres, a veterans service officer with the Veterans Assistance Commission of Kendall County and the founder of Veterans Outreach.
"The person will get that ribbon back but every year we'll put the same flag back up so that the field grows and grows and hopefully, we'll be able to expand throughout Yorkville," Torres said.
All proceeds will be donated back to the Veterans Outreach organization and the Legion, according to Torres.
Torres said the idea came about because there were no organized Veterans Day programs through the City of Yorkville.
"The idea came about just because the last few years, since I've been back from active duty, there hasn't really been anything huge or a big event as far as Veterans Day is concerned here in Yorkville," he said. "We wanted to do something to change that, and we figured working with the City of Yorkville would be a great opportunity to not only bring that to light but to have an impact on the community."
Torres said Veterans Outreach will be available at Town Square Park on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon.
More information on Flags of Valor can also be found at the city website at yorkville.il.us/662/Flags-of-Valor.