The Illinois National Guard to celebrate 300th year in 2023


January 11, 2023

On May 9, 1723 in the small village of Kaskaskia, Diron d' Artaguiette, the Inspector of Troops for the French Commandant, drilled the first militia in the Illinois Country.

What is today known as the Illinois National Guard arose from this humble beginning. Then, as now, the Illinois National Guard was part of the community and drew its strength from the community. The National Guard is the oldest component of the U.S. military and the only military component with both state and federal missions.

The Illinois National Guard will celebrate its 300th year by commemorating significant dates i...

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