Bloomington-Normal area REALTOR® Brandon Shaffer is the winner of a 21-star American flag used on Bicentennial Plaza, a REALTOR® Community Partnership, in Springfield.

Shaffer won the flag during last week’s Illinois REALTORS® Capitol Conference. Learn more about flags on the plaza and how you can get a brick on the plaza.

Shaffer is a broker for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Snyder Real Estate. He’s a member of the Bloomington-Normal Association of REALTORS® (BNAR) and the Champaign County Association of REALTORS®. He is a member of the BNAR Board of Directors, executive committee treasurer and multiple committees with the Illinois REALTORS®.

Illinois became the 21st state of the Union on Dec. 3, 1818. The 21-star flag was used from July 4, 1819 until July 3, 1820, according to, which states that new versions of the flag became legal on July 4 following the admission of states to the Union. The next version of the flag became legal on July 4, 1820 and included 23 stars after Alabama (Dec. 14, 1890) and Maine (March 15, 1820) became states.