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A group of second grade students from Cross Lutheran School in Yorkville belted out patriotic tunes like “God Bless America” and the Oswego Police Department Honor Guard was present for a ceremony Monday at the Historic Kendall County Courthouse in Yorkville to raise a new flag celebrating the state’s upcoming bicentennial.
Kendall County Board Chairman Scott Gryder read a proclamation celebrating the state’s 199th birthday and lauding the state’s upcoming 200th birthday before a newly designed flag was raised by two Honor Guard members at the historic building Monday morning.
The ceremony at the historic building was one of many scheduled throughout the county and the state Monday. Dec. 3 was the state's official 199th birthday, but it was observed on Monday, Dec. 4.
County Judge Robert Pilmer gave a speech on the state’s rich history, which followed a group of second grade students from Cross Lutheran singing “This Land is Your Land,” “God Bless America,” and the official state song. The students were led by teachers Miriam Ulrich and Amy Kowalczyk.
Among the officials in attendance were County Sheriff Dwight Baird and state Senator Sue Rezin, R-Morris.