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1969-The New Illinois State Flag

1969-The New Illinois State Flag

The state legislature added the word “Illinois” to the state flag in 1969 after Navy Chief Petty Officer Bruce McDaniel of Waverly, on duty in Viet Nam, wrote to State Rep. Jack Walker that it would make the flag easier to identify.

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