The Illinois State Military Museum unveiled a new display case that will feature war flags and banners from conflicts from the Mexican War to present day overseas operations. Donated by the Illinois National Guard and Militia Historical Society, the new case will allow the general public to see banners previously displayed in the Howlett Building’s Hall of Flags. According to Illinois State Military Museum Curator Bill Lear, these flags would otherwise rarely be seen due to deterioration over the decades. He says the new case allows staff to pull out some very rare items for the public to see. The original Hall of Flags contained more than 300 flags from several wars including the Civil War, Mexican War, World War One and World War Two.