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Illinois National Guard Soldiers and Airmen Participate in Inauguration Events

By Staff Writer
Illinois National Guard

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Photo credit: Cadet Cale Fulton, 139th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
Maj. Bryan Miller, commander of the 566th Air Guard band, conducts the 144th Army Band and the 566th during Gov. Pat Quinn's inauguration ceremony Jan. 10 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield. The two bands play once every four years for the Governor's Inaugural ceremony. The bands played an Armed Forces Medley, as well as other patriotic songs.
SPRINGFIELD, IL -- On Jan. 10 Pat Quinn was sworn in as governor of Illinois. Thousands packed the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield to see the 41st governor of Illinois and other constitutional officers take the oath of office.

The Illinois National Guard was well represented at the event, with approximately 10 high ranking officers in attendance. The 566th Air National Guard band and the 144th Army National Guard band performed together at the inauguration. The two branches rarely combine their musical assets, but it has become customary for the two groups to perform together every four years during the inauguration. The Illinois National Guard Military Funeral and Honors team posted the colors for the event.

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