American pride shows through on Flag Day

Members of the Quincy High School football squad were practicing another type of teamwork Wednesday as they put out American flags in honor of Flag Day.

Art Awerkamp, chairman of Flags of Honor program for the Quincy Exchange Club, was at a storage site when the team showed up to start deliveries.

“We’ll be putting out 205 flags, basically within the city of Quincy,” Awerkamp said.

This is the third year for the Exchange Club program. People who want to participate pay $30 annually. They get a flag delivered and picked up in conjunction with four summer holidays.

“We put them out on Memorial Day, Flag Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day,” Awerkamp said. “All the money stays in town with the Exchange Club’s Americanism programs.”

The Exchange Club has its biggest display of flags on Veterans Day with its Field of Honor program. In recent years the club put out 1,000 flags at the Illinois Veterans Home or at John Wood Community College. Read more.