The state of Illinois has kicked off its bicentennial celebration, and multiple area government agencies participated in Monday’s kickoff. The city of Taylorville and Christian County both held bicentennial flag raising ceremonies at noon Monday honoring the kickoff of Illinois’ year-long 200th birthday celebration.
Those present at the Taylorville city bicentennial kickoff stand at attention as the national anthem is played following the flag raising ceremony Monday.
Taylorville held their ceremony at the flagpole of the city firehouse. Taylorville mayor Bruce Barry read a proclamation calling December 4, 2017 “State of Illinois Bicentennial Day” in the city, saying the celebration is a way to honor everything Illinoisans have done to influence the world today.
Christian County also held a ceremony in front of the Christian County Courthouse at noon Monday. Local VFW and American Legion veterans were present as those at the courthouse raised Illinois’ bicentennial flag on the Taylorville square.
County courthouse staff prepare to raise Illinois' bicentennial flag Monday afternoon. Photo submitted by Janet Bland.
Local VFW and American Legion veterans were present for the Christian County ceremony kicking off Illinois' bicentennial celebration. Photo submitted by Janet Bland.
Video of the Taylorville flag raising ceremony Monday.
Video of the Christian County flag raising ceremony Monday. Video submitted by Janet Bland.