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Stephen A. Douglas Chapter gathers for March meeting

The many Flags of the United States was the subject of speaker Carol Castellon, a member of the Alliance Chapter NSDAR in Champaign during the Stephen A. Douglas Chapter March meeting.  More than 60 full-size flags (replicas) lined the room and, in the interest of time, Mrs. Castellon told the history of only 12-15 flags and their significance in our history.   We learned that historically there have been 27 official designs of the American Flag.  One interesting flag of only green and red stripes was the first Unofficial Flag of Illinois.  Another replica was the Lincoln/Kennedy flag that draped the funeral train engine that carried President Lincoln back to Springfield and subsequently draped President Kennedy’s coffin also.  [Mrs. Castellon would be happy to show and talk about these flags for schools or other organizations.  (email:]

Because of COVID concerns the 2022 DAR/SAR Good Citizens Luncheon was postponed from the second Saturday of February to Saturday, April 16 to the Newman United Methodist Church.  Since 1955 the Stephen A. Douglas Chapter, DAR has partnered with the Piankeshaw Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution to honor our schools’ Good Citizens and their parents.  The schools that will be represented are:  ALAH, Arcola, Shiloh, Villa Grove and Tuscola.

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