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2/4/2021 | What You Need to Know Today

The American flag was raised for the first time at the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District’s Racquet & Fitness Club on Wednesday, Sept. 15, thanks to a donation from veteran Jerry Vankus.

After a blessing from Pastor Brian Mayo of Salem Lutheran Church in Homewood, the crowd of supporters, including three World War II veterans, said the Pledge of Allegiance as Vankus raised the stars and stripes.

“Timing is everything,” Vankus said. “We have a beautiful, perfect day for it.”

He said he made the donation because he loves the United States, and he had been an active member of the . . .

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Summer events

Saturday, July 2

  • Roots + Fire Water grand opening, 11 a.m. at 1941 Ridge Road in Homewood.

Monday, July 4

  • Flossmoor Volunteer Fire Department kids parade, starting at 10 a.m. at Parker Junior High, ending in downtown Flossmoor.
  • Homewood 4th of July parade, staring at 10 a.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church parking lot, 17951 Dixie Highway, south to Ridge Road, then east to Izaak Walton Nature Preserve, where there will be a community picnic.

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