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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