Happy Idaho Day! Well actually yesterday was officially Idaho day, but since it fell on Sunday we aren't officially celebrating til today...Do you know why today is Idaho Day?

March 4, the official Idaho Day, was established to commemorate the creation of the Idaho Territory by President Abraham Lincoln on that day in 1863.

In Idaho Day event will be held at the Idaho Statehouse in Boise, in the Lincoln Auditorium, on Monday, March 5, 2018 from 12 noon to 1 p.m., MST.

This year’s Idaho Day theme is a patriotic one, commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the Armistice of 11 November 1918 -- the armistice that ended fighting on land, sea, and air in World War I between the Allies and their last opponent, Germany.

The program will include performances by the Idaho Army National Guard Honor Guard and 25th Army Band, along with the Highlands Elementary School Choir. Idaho National History Day winner, Josh White, will present his moving tribute of one of Idaho’s silent heroes, Ray O. Coffey, who died in France during World War II.

The Idaho Day event at the Statehouse will also include themed projects by area students, prizes (must be present to win), and the Neibaur Medal of Honor will be on display.

Idaho State Historical Society Executive Director Janet Gallimore said, “Idaho Day is a time to reflect upon our state’s rich history and honor all those who endeavored to create this incredible place we all love to call home.”

Celebrated in communities around the state, Idaho Day is an opportunity to showcase the Gem State’s treasured past, thriving present, and unlimited future.

Spearheaded by the Idaho State Historical Society, Idaho Day is enjoyed throughout the state by schools and universities, state agencies, and other organizations. For more information about Idaho Day and to see a list of the partners that help make the event possible, please visit: https://history.idaho.gov/idahoday.