You see it flying above City Hall, next to the police and fire departments and waving near the public works building, but one group of teens wants to see something else in its place.
That’s why they started the Campaign for a Better Naperville Flag.
“Most of us have lived in Naperville our entire life, we were born and raised here and it really is our city, we were all kind of passionate about it, so seeing that when we come to downtown, and area where we can kind of hangout and to see the flag flying over City Council, just a boring white bland flag, with a blue logo and it kind of annoyed us I’d say so we wanted to do something about it,” said Ritvik Manda, Member of the campaign.
After watching Roman Mars’ TEDTalk on flag design and vexillology, they came up with a plan to hold a contest to design a new flag.
With their website up and running, design principles in place, and several business partners behind them, they made their way to the municipal center to vet their plan to city council.
“We need the highest level of representation of Naperville to show that a better flag is something that Naperville both deserves, after all, every great city deserves a great flag,” said Andy Wang, another member of the campaign.
The council agreed it’s time for a change.
“You’ve actually stepped up to the plate and really started the ball rolling with pride and opportunity to promote the city and I think that’s a wonderful thing,” said Councilwoman Patty Gustin.
But under legal terms, the current flag is protected, and can only be flown on government buildings. Instead of replacing it, the council was open to the idea of introducing a whole new flag and logo that anyone can display and wear with pride.
“It means a lot just because I love the culture of Naperville, it’s made up of a lot of small businesses, Anderson’s Bookshop, different small businesses, I love coming to downtown, the Riverwalk is beautiful and I love my high school, I just love the city,” said Manda.
Flag submissions will be accepted on the campaign website until June 15 . After that a committee of business, education and organization members will select the top flags before putting it to the public’s vote.
The group plans to unveil the winning flag and designer at the TEDX Naperville talk on November 4.
If you’d like to submit a flag design for the contest, visit the campaign website at napervilleflag.org.
Naperville News 17’s Alyssa Bochenek reports.
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