Help us create a monument to Flag Day that will be enjoyed by everyone interested in our history, our culture and our heritage.


The monument idea started as a conversation about how we could celebrate Flag Day every day, and honor Dr. Bernard Cigrand, a Batavian who had the vision to make the day happen. But this monument does much more.

The flag tells the story of our nation’s history. It celebrates the arrival of new states, is lowered to honor our dead, and marks significant events in time. The design of this monument captures these stories and events in a way that is beautiful and educational.

The monument unfolds our nation’s history beginning in 1776 and continuing through 2016, marked by 25 year increments. The design features a 40’ diameter helix monument with 6’ wide walkway around the perimeter. The flag pole is 50’ tall and will display a 10’ x 18’ flag.

The Flag Day Monument is for the entire country. We have the vision, the plan and the patriotism – we just need Americans to help a little to give life to this undertaking!


Flag Day is celebrated every year on June 14th in parades and festivals to honor the American Flag. In 1885, Dr. Bernard Cigrand, a dentist from Batavia, Illinois, held what’s believed to be the first recognized Flag Day, which began a lifelong quest to establish a formal holiday. Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation calling for a June 14 commemoration in 1916, but it wasn’t until 1949, 16 years after the death of the Cigrand, the “father of Flag Day,” that Congress passed legislation as a national holiday. It is not, however, a federal holiday. We are building a monument that is befitting the Stars and Stripes, and celebrates the country that it has presided over since 1777.

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The flag was first authorized by Congress June 14, 1777. Thanks to Batavia, IL native Dr. Bernard Cigrand, this date is now observed as Flag Day throughout America.

The United States Flag is the third oldest of the National Standards of the world; older than the Union Jack of Britain or the Tricolor of France.

The symbolism of the Flag was thus interpreted by Washington: “We take the stars from Heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing Liberty.”

The star (an ancient symbol of India, Persia and Egypt) symbolized dominion and sovereignty, as well as lofty aspirations. The constellation of the stars within the union, one star for each state, is emblematic of our Federal Constitution, which reserves to the States their individual sovereignty except as to rights delegated by them to the Federal Government.

The United States Flag is unique in the deep and noble significance of its message to the entire world, a message of national independence, of individual liberty, of idealism, of patriotism.

The colors of the Flag may be thus explained: The red is for valor, zeal and fervency; the white for hope purity, cleanliness of life, and rectitude of conduct; the blue, the color of heaven, for reverence to God, loyalty, sincerity, justice and truth.

The name “Old Glory” was given to our National Flag August 10, 1831, by Captain William Driver of the brig Charles Doggett.