The opening ceremony for the Bond County Bicentennial celebration was Sunday afternoon.
Bicentennial Committee Chairman John Coleman led the event, which included a welcome from County Board Chairman Howard Elmore.
Congressman John Shimkus and State Representative John Cavaletto were unable to attend.
Click below to hear Deb Ditmer, from Shimkus’ office, read a resolution which was submitted by the Congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives:
Click below to hear Tabitha Meddor, representing Cavaletto’s office, read from a resolution he submitted in the Illinois House:
Also involved in the ceremony was an AMVETS Post 140 color guard, Brenna Weiss sang the national anthem, and Ward Sussenbach presented the invocation.