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Illinois Flag on Feb. 12, 2009

Illinois Flag on Feb. 12, 2009

A Civil War re-enactor carries the Illinois flag past the United States Marine Corps band at the Lincoln Memorial on Feb. 12, 2009 as Congressman John Shimkus (R-Peoria) and former State Senator Mark Rhoads of Western Springs present a wreath from the Illinois State Society of Washington, DC to honor the Great Emancipator on his 200th birthday. Other members of the Illinois State Society attending the ceremony included Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) of Springfield, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood of Peoria, and the Chaplain of the U.S. House, Father Daniel Coughlin of Chicago. The Kentucky State Society of Washington, DC and the Indiana State Society also presented wreaths to represent the states where Abraham Lincoln was born and raised as a child before he moved to Illinois.

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