Springfield kicked off its celebration of the Illinois Bicentennial Monday shortly after noon by conducting an Illinois Bicentennial Flag Raising Ceremony on the grounds of the Old State Capitol.
Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder was joined by Illinois Bicentennial Springfield Co-chair Pam Van Alstine, an Abraham Lincoln impersonator, media and a crowd of interested observers. The ceremony was held in conjunction with other municipalities’ ceremonies across the state, kicking off a year-long celebration of Illinois’ Bicentennial.
Illinois became a state in 1818.
Maya Ojugbele sang the “Star-Spangled Bannner,” while Damian Kaplan sang “Illinois,” the official state song.
After accepting a proclamation from Langfelder, Lincoln led the crowd in a countdown to the flag raising. For more information on statewide bicentennial events, visit Illinois200.com. For Springfield events, go to IL200Springfield.org.