An outdoor flagpole dedication followed by a ceremonial raising of the flag was held as part of the Veterans Day celebrations on Sunday, Nov. 11, at The Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Rd., Shorewood.
The Macris family donated the new flagpole and flag so Frances Macris, a resident of the Timbers for the past eight years, could enjoy the view. She is a veteran’s wife, and she can see the flag from her apartment window.
About 50 people gathered for the day’s events, and 10 honor guards, including a bugler, from the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Memorial Squad participated in full uniform. They carried the flags, stood at attendance and gathered around the flagpole as the flag went up.
Although windy conditions required most residents to stay indoors during the raising of the flag, they were thrilled nonetheless to watch the dedication through the windows.
The rest of the day was spent indoors, where a speech was given by Cecilia Seabrook, commander of the honor guard squad.
Faith Ann Varga, executive director of the Timbers, thanked the Macris family for the generous donation, and the honor guards for their participation. Three Timbers residents who recently attended honor flights also spoke about their experiences.
The flagpole was furnished and installed by Folgers Flag and Decorating, Inc. of Blue Island.
The Timbers of Shorewood is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services.
This event was free and open to the public. For more information, call Shelly Goggins at 815-609-0669 or visit www.timbersofshorewood.com.