It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Sara Hohe. Sara passed away peacefully in her home on Tuesday, August 18, 2020. Sara served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s office since May, 1 1990. Our hearts and prayers go out to Sara’s family.
It is with deepest sorrow that we inform you of the passing of Charles “Chuck” Prorok on September 3, 2020. Chuck served as an assistant state’s attorney in the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office from 2/1/1978 until 10/29/2007. Our deepest sympathy go out to Chuck’s family.
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Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Cel-Liberation Day or the Black Fourth of July, is an American holiday that commemorates June 19, 1865.
On January 1, 1863, President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation ending the Civil War and granting freedom to all African American slaves. However, many slave states were remote and several slave owners fled to Texas due to its location. These slave owners continued to engage in human bondage and the Emancipation Proclamation was not enforced there until June 19, 1865 more than two years after the Civil War ended.
JUNETEENTH. Commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, Juneteenth is observed on June 19. The celebration originated in Texas when Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston. He announced on June 19, 1865, with General Orders, Number 3 that the Civil War was over and all slaves were now freedmen
Texas declared Juneteenth an official state holiday in 1980. Forty-six of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia have recognized Juneteenth as either a state holiday or ceremonial holiday, or a day of observance. The four states that do not recognize Juneteenth are Hawaii, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana. In 1997, the founder of the National Juneteenth Celebration Foundation (NJCF), Ben Haith, created the Juneteenth flag.
The colors red, white, and blue echo the American flag to symbolize that the enslaved people and their descendants were Americans. The star in the middle pays homage to Texas, while the bursting "new star" on the "horizon" of the red and blue fields represents a new freedom and a new people.
The Juneteenth Flag celebrates the beginning of the emancipation of slavery on June 19th, 1865. The flag represents the history and freedom of African American slaves and their descendants. An important moment in American history to celebrate every summer. Americans have celebrated this holiday for over 150 years.
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25th as National Missing Children's Day. National Missing Children's Day is dedicated to encouraging parents, guardians, caregivers, and others concerned with the well-being of children to make child safety a priority. It serves as a reminder to continue our efforts to reunite missing children with their families and an occasion to honor those dedicated to this noble cause.
Mental Health Awareness Month began in the United States in 1949 by the Mental Health Awareness organization (then known as the National Association for Mental Health). Each year in mid-March Mental Health America releases a toolkit of materials to guide preparation for outreach activities during Mental Health Awareness Month. During the month of May, Mental Health America, its affiliates, and other organizations interested in mental health conduct a number of activities which are based on a different theme each year.