Updated 06/14/2012 04:42 PM
Courthouse re-dedication honors building's history
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UTICA, N.Y. -- The Oneida County Courthouse has stood as a symbol of justice in the community for more than 100 years and Flag Day marked a new chapter in its history.
A re-dedication ceremony marked the end of a $25 million renovation project.
Officials say they chose Flag Day for the event because of the vital role laws and the justice system play in American life.
Community members were able to tour the building to get a look at the renovations, which took several years to complete.
"It is a living museum, this courthouse, and we want to preserve it to its original state and not tear it down. For generations to come, it's important to keep the history of our community and this building is so central to the history of Oneida County," said Elizabeth Fortino, President of the Oneida County Bar Association.
New portraits of five recently retired or deceased county judges were also unveiled Thursday. Bar Association officials say the likenesses of John W. Grow, Robert F. Julian, John L. Murad, Anthony F. Shaheen and John J. Walsh will be hung in the courthouse to remind generations to come of their commitment to the law.