State bicentennial flag raising events to be held

The Randolph County Bicentennial Tourism Committee will hold a public celebration at the Randolph County Museum, located next to the county courthouse, on Sunday, Dec. 3 at 1:30 p.m.

At the event, members will raise the official bicentennial flag and the Illinois state flag. The Randolph County Commissioners will read a proclamation in honor of the Illinois State Bicentennial celebration that runs from Dec. 3, 2017, to Dec. 3, 2018. A re-enactor, portraying Governor Shadrach Bond, will also give remarks to the assembled crowd.

The first 50 visitors signing in Dec. 3 will receive a free Bicentennial lapel pin. More pins will be available for purchase.

The museum will be open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, and from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3 to honor this important occasion.

A bicentennial flag raising ceremony will also be held in Red Bud, at the city hall, on Monday, Dec. 4 at noon.

Mayor Tim Lowry will speak at the event and read a proclamation marking the occasion. All are invited to attend.