Caption: Booklet - Illinois Day Celebration 1917
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Give her the Flag into her hand; the Shield
The State Flag is brought and given to Illinois; also the e Shield. America then rises in her place, giving her Flag her Shield to two of the soldiers, and addresses Illinois.
Thus, Illinois, in the name of American People I receive you. I create you a State by your chosen name of Illinois. I place the Star of Statehood on your forehead and I admit you to the Union of the United States.
With the words, America places a golden ivreath upon IUl nois' head bearing a star. Then Governor Edwards and tht President of the University turn Illinois around to the People, and the Music swelling forth fortissimo all the people join in stanzas of
By thy rivers gently flowing, Illinois, Illinois, O'er thy prairies verdant growing, Illinois, Illinois, Comes an echo on the breeze, Rustling through the leafy trees, And its mellow tones are these, Illinois, Illinois! Thou didst hear thy country calling, Illinois, Illinois, Illinois Then thy courage and thy Rose each heart to fire an Illinois While thy glory we are singing, Illinois, Illinois, Loyal homage to thee bringing, Illinois, Illinois, Let us praise His holy name, Through whose might all good we claim, Who has wrought thy wondrous fame Illinois,
( a M. Chamberlain and F. M. Staale.)