While planning your Heritage Day activity schedule for Saturday, June 19th, make sure to include the Opening Ceremony at 11:30am. The first part of the ceremony will take place at the Zugg Insurance Building, 113 W. Washington Street. The Heritage Day Committee dedicates this Heritage Day 2021 to a well-loved Momence citizen, Patrick Zugg, who passed away in 2019, and dedicates this building in his honor. Mayor Chuck Steele will welcome everyone to this year’s event, and then our Master of Ceremonies, Steve Gross, will give us a short history of this building, and will introduce members of the Zugg family. Attendees will then be directed around the corner to the Graham Historic House at 117 N. Dixie Highway.
The current 37-star flag has been flying above the Graham House since Heritage Day 2019 in celebration of its 150th Anniversary. It is now becoming tattered, and we invite everyone to gather on the front lawn to witness the solemn flag retirement and subsequent flag raising ceremony. The Committee also extends a special invitation to all area veterans to attend this ceremony. Steve Gross will lead the crowd to pay their last respects to this symbol of our great nation, assisted by some members of the Momence Honor Guard, who will insure proper disposal at a later date. Our own Mary Cantwell will sing the National Anthem, accompanied by Heather Crooks of the Theatiki Fife & Drum Corps playing the fife, as a new 37-star flag is raised. It is important to note that no U.S. flag ever becomes obsolete and may be flown at any time.
At the conclusion of this ceremony, please tour the Graham House and its special Selle-Agner 1920’s Exhibit, as well as all of the other museums and historic sites, each with their own activities and exhibits. Be sure to visit the Heritage Day Information Booth, located at the corner of East Washington Street and Locust, to pick up a copy of the brochure which outlines all of the day’s activities. Visit our website at momenceheritageday.org for more details.