Flag-raising ceremony set for Monday at Ford County courthouse

PAXTON — To kick off the state’s 200th birthday celebration, local elected officials will hold a flag-raising ceremony at noon Monday, Dec. 4, in front of the Ford County Courthouse.

Ford County Board member Chase McCall of Gibson City will read a proclamation while an employee of the county raises the Illinois Bicentennial Flag.

Among other local elected officials who plan to be in attendance are Ford County Board Chairman Randy Berger and Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold.

Similar ceremonies will be held throughout the state.

On Dec. 3, 2018, the people of Illinois will celebrate the state’s 200th birthday.

“The bicentennial is a once-in-a-lifetime invitation to fall in love with Illinois all over again,” Gov. Bruce Rauner said in a letter to elected officials encouraging them to hold flag-raising ceremonies in their communities “It is an opportunity to celebrate all that has been great in our first 200 years and lay the foundation for 200 more years of growth and prosperity. Illinois is home, and the bicentennial gives us a chance to reflect on what makes it great and how we can continue to make it great for our children and grandchildren.”

Rauner added that the flag-raising ceremonies will help kick off a yearlong celebration that pays tribute to “the people, places and things that are being born, built and grown here every single day.  The bicentennial will showcase Illinois’ influence on American history and culture, achievement and invention, business and art.  Together, we can inspire pride in Illinois and show the world what makes this state so great.”

The public is invited to attend the flag-raising ceremony. The courthouse is located at 200 W. State St. in Paxton.

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