Jerry Thompson, left, of the Kewanee Veterans Council and Kewanee American Legion, and Gary Snitchler, right, commander of the Cambridge American Legion, raise the Illinois bicentennial flag on Monday, Dec. 4, at the Henry County Courthouse. The flag will fly throughout the year-long Illinois bicentennial celebration. Counties and cities across the state were invited to participate in a simultaneous flag-raising at noon Monday to start the year-long celebration of the state’s admission to the union in 1818.

Jerry Thompson, left, of the Kewanee Veterans Council and Kewanee American Legion, and Gary Snitchler, right, commander of the Cambridge American Legion, raise the Illinois bicentennial flag on Monday, Dec. 4, at the Henry County Courthouse. The flag will fly throughout the year-long Illinois bicentennial celebration. Counties and cities across the state were invited to participate in a simultaneous flag-raising at noon Monday to start the year-long celebration of the state’s admission to the union in 1818.