Springfield -- State officials are
marking the 290th birthday of the Illinois National Guard.
Gov. Pat Quinn in a statement Thursday
men and women have answered the call of duty here and overseas.
There are about 13,000 Illinois National
Guard soldiers and airmen serving over 50 bases and training facilities
The state's National Guard started on May
9, 1723. That's according to historians who researched the diary of French
territorial captain Diron Dartaguiette. According to the diary that was the day
that armed villagers first gathered and drilled.
Guard members have served in every major U.S. conflict
and conducted peacekeeping missions around the world, including in Egpyt.
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