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posted: 6/14/2012 3:20 PM

Quinn marks Flag Day in Peoria

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  • Larry "The Flagman" Eckhardt, left, holds a proclamation given to him Thursday by Gov. Pat Quinn in a Flag Day ceremony in Peoria. Eckhardt has placed flags along funeral procession routes for more than 50 servicemen and women killed in action.

      Larry "The Flagman" Eckhardt, left, holds a proclamation given to him Thursday by Gov. Pat Quinn in a Flag Day ceremony in Peoria. Eckhardt has placed flags along funeral procession routes for more than 50 servicemen and women killed in action.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

PEORIA, Ill. -- Gov. Pat Quinn marked Flag Day in Peoria with a ceremony honoring veterans and active service members.

The Journal Star reported Quinn on Thursday proclaimed the holiday in Illinois as "Larry `The Flagman' Eckhardt Day." Eckhardt has placed flags along funeral processions for more than 50 servicemen and women who were killed in action.

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Quinn also talked about the Hiring Veterans Tax Credit, which would give companies a tax credit for hiring veterans.

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