Monday, July 7, 2014

UIS flags replaced by donor

This Fourth of July holiday, a new flag proudly waves high in the sky above the campus of the University of Illinois Springfield.

The stars and stripes, in it's bright bold colors, were provided by a staff member.

For her, that flag holds special meaning.

Janine Toman replaced the U.S. flag, Illinois state flag, and the UIS flag to honor her father who died a year ago.

Janine first noticed the flag was tattered when she brought some English as a Second Language students to the flag pole to teach them about American culture.

"Freedom and bloodshed, and the bandages, and the colonies, and the states, I just thought it was a nice little tie in to wrap up for our international students. It's always a pleasure to learn about other cultures, but to share ours is just so neat," Toman said.

Toman was featured by WICS-TV 20 on July 4, 2014.

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