Union County officials will celebrate the state's bicentennial on Friday, Dec. 8, with a proclamation reading and ceremonial flag raising in front of the Union County Courthouse.

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m.

Sunday (Dec. 3rd) marked the beginning of Illinois’ 200th year as a state; the Illinois Bicentennial will be observed across Illinois over the next year.

A special Illinois bicentennial flag has been provided by the State of Illinois 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. The flag will officially be raised in Union County by Anna VFW Post 3445 color guard.

Members of the public are invited to join local officials for the event.

The Illinois Bicentennial celebration is going to include a variety of activities all over Illinois throughout 2018.

Additional information is available at illinois200.com.



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Stephanie Esters is a reporter covering Jackson and Union counties.

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