Flags Will Be Lowered to Half Staff, State Offices Closed For Juneteenth National Freedom Day

Flags Will Be Lowered to Half Staff, State Offices Closed For Juneteenth National Freedom Day

The Department of Central Management Services has received notice from Gov. JB Pritzker to declare June 19, 2021, as Juneteenth National Freedom Day.

It will be honored by all flags covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act flying at half-staff, and on this soon-to-be state holiday, state officials urge all Illinois residents to reflect on our history, our future, and the actions we can take, individually and collectively, to truly build ourselves into the equitable nation of our ideals –- a land of freedom and opportunity for all.

Juneteenth National Freedom Day

Please lower the United States flags and the State flags at all buildings occupied by your agency’s personnel from Sunrise to Sunset Saturday, June 19, 2021.

More information is available at http://www.illinois.gov/news/Pages/Flag.aspx

State Government Offices Closed June 19 for New Federal Juneteenth Holiday

With President Joe Biden signing legislation to make Juneteenth a federal holiday in 2021, Governor JB Pritzker announced that state government offices will be closed Friday, June 18 in accordance with the new federal law recognizing the importance of emancipating enslaved Americans.

On Wednesday, Gov. JB Pritzker signed Illinois’ law to make Juneteenth a state holiday at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, in the shadow of the Emancipation Proclamation.

“I’m pleased to see the federal government join Illinois in recognizing Juneteenth as an official holiday, offering all Americans a day to reflect on the national shame of slavery and the work we must do to dismantle systemic racism,” Pritzker said. “Most importantly, let us stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Black Americans who will celebrate Juneteenth as a milestone in their fight for every ounce of the freedom that is their God-given right – and continue with them in that fight.”

When Pritzker signed Illinois’ Juneteenth legislation earlier this week with the bill sponsors, he reiterated his commitment to leading the nation in dismantling structural racism.

In addition to closing state offices on Friday, June 18, Illinois will continue the recognition of Juneteenth throughout the state, lowering all flags covered by the Illinois Flag Display Act to half-staff on Saturday. In addition, a Juneteenth flag will fly proudly over the Illinois state Capitol in Springfield on every Juneteenth, starting this year.

SOURCE: state of Illinois news releases

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