Flag raising kicks off state's bicentennial

Flag raising kicks off state's bicentennial

Harwood Heights officials are always up for a party, especially when it has to do with the state's 200th birthday celebration.

Local governments on Monday raised the Illinois Bicentennial flag to commemorate the start of a yearlong celebration of the state's 200th birthday.

"There's a long rich history in IL", said La Salle County board chairman Jerry Hicks, who shared a list of important points in Illinois' history.

It is (to borrow from Illinois' most revered and celebrated resident) altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

A special IL bicentennial flag has been provided by the State of IL to counties and municipalities and is to be flown either beside or below the state flag during the entire bicentennial year, according to a press release from Union County.

It was the kickoff of the Bicentennial Celebration this week, marking 365 days away from the state's 200th anniversary.

"The Illinois Bicentennial is a once-in-a-lifetime invitation to fall in love with Illinois all over again".

The first was the raising of the special bicentennial flag, which occurred at the Will County Office Building, the Joliet Veterans Memorial building and other locations. "Together we can inspire pride in IL and show the world what makes this state so great".

Under brisk winds in downtown Ottawa, Marseilles Veterans of Foreign Wars Commander Scott Buennemeyer said he and the other two dozen veterans were "greatly honored to be included in the bicentennial ceremony".

Statewide events include a Martin Luther King celebration on January 15 and a bicentennial celebration on Presidents Day, which is February 19. VFW post members at the event were from Ottawa, Marseilles and Mendota.

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