First Braille American flag unveiled in Illinois

February 22, 2010 3:22:27 PM PST
The first Braille American Flag in Illinois was unveiled Monday at City Hall in Chicago.

The event was sponsored by the Blind Service Association, Kansas Braille Transcription Institute and the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities.

Blind and visually impaired students from the Chicago-area were invited to submit an essay on what the American flag means to them.

The winning essays were read.

"Having a Braille flag might just tell people that we can do great things like invent things or even become president someday," said Amy Bosko, essay winner.

"Although I can't see the flag, I honor it and understand all its significance," said Zachary Sarbekian, essay winner.

The winners were awarded certificates, plaques and US Savings Bonds.