Thursday, May 24, 2007

World War I and II Memorial Dedication this Saturday!

Peoria County: News World War I and II Memorial Complete! On Saturday, May 26, the World War I & II Veterans Memorial Committee will host a Dedication Ceremony in the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza at 10:00 a.m. to celebrate completion of the long-awaited Memorial. The Memorial will be dedicated to all Peoria County veterans who served during World Wars I & II; those who lost their lives during the Wars; and those who supported the War efforts from home. Peoria County Board Chairman William R. Prather will accept the dedication on behalf of the citizens and veterans of Peoria County.

During the ceremony, Representative Ray LaHood will introduce Special Guest Speaker General Wayne A. Downing of the United State Army, Retired. United States Senator Richard J. Durbin will offer additional comments, followed by Prather's acceptance of the Memorial from Robert H. Michel, Honorary Chairman of the Memorial Committee, and Colonel Hal Fritz, U.S. Army (Retired) and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. R. Steven Sonnemaker, Memorial Committee General Chairman and Peoria County Clerk, will conclude the ceremony with closing remarks.

Since 1999, it has been the mission of the World War I & II Veterans Memorial Committee to raise necessary funds, establish requirements for design, and oversee construction of a fitting Memorial to honor the more than 28,000 Peoria County veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World Wars I & II and the 873 who never returned. The completed Memorial stands 26' high and weighs approximately 67 tons. Black Standard Granite, quarried in Zimbabwe, is the base of the monument, which supports three columns of Honor White Granite quarried in North Carolina. The granite was manufactured by Tecstone Granite of Ohio. For more information on the Memorial or its Dedication, call R. Steven Sonnemaker at (309) 672-6059.

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1 comment:

Diane Vespa said...

My husband went to this.. reported it as very sober and moving. All the local dignitaries were there as well as the "Patriot Guard", the motorcyle brigade that is present to fend off any America haters. Way to go, guard! His favorite moment was when a bunch of people got up and left right before Senator Dick Durbin spoke... with words that I'm certain directly contradicted his anti-US troop sentiments.