I unfortunately missed the Bicentennial of the United States. I was busy that day... being not born for another nine years. Hey, it happens to the best of us. Sometimes you just get caught up in not existing and the day gets away from you. But at least I'll be able to celebrate the bicentennial of Illinois coming up next December! You see, Sunday the 3rd marked the 199th anniversary of Illinois being admitted to the Union and earning it's very own star on the Flag (still awaiting its Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but that's a different story altogether).

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I was on hand for the ceremonial raising of the flag, that smaller, third one on the bottom. In a ceremony featuring music from the Salvation Army Band and speeches from Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore and Adams County Board Chairman Les Post, the flag was raised in the first official celebration of the Bicentennial. Moore noted that over 70 counties throughout the state were also celebrating with a flag raising.

As the year progresses and we see more festivals and parades and concerts and all that good stuff, we'll keep you updated with more photos and Facebook videos and so on and so forth. Hopefully they all have festive cookies:

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