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Honor your hero: Public encouraged to submit loved ones for recognition on Memorial Day Remembrance Wall

Springfield, IL – The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon), and the Illinois Senate Republican caucus are teaming up to honor and remember the sacrifice of the brave servicemen and servicewomen who have passed away.

The public is encouraged to submit a photograph and written remembrance of veterans who are no longer with us, which will be displayed on the Illinois State Capitol Memorial Day Remembrance Wall. The submissions will be displayed in the State Capitol Rotunda starting at the beginning of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, Thursday, May 26, through Monday, July 4.

“Every veteran’s life deserves to be recognized, remembered, and honored,” Righter said. “They all have a story and a legacy that must always be kept alive. This Memorial Day Remembrance Wall is a tribute to them. It’s also a very important way for family and friends to share their stories and memories of our brave men and women.”

“We all know, freedom has a price.  The veterans we honor at this memorial paid the ultimate price so that we may enjoy the freedoms we have today,” said Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Erica Jeffries. “If we have learned anything from the conflicts of our past and present, it’s that courage and sacrifice are a significant part of every generation.  It is our responsibility to ensure that our veterans’ sacrifices are never forgotten.” added Director Jeffries.

In response to requests from friends and family members who wish to honor their loved ones on the Memorial Day Remembrance Wall, any deceased veteran can be honored. However, our display will pay special tribute to those who were killed in combat, as is fitting during the Memorial Day holiday.

Director Jeffries and Sen. Righter are encouraging the public to email a photo and written remembrance (Max: 250 words), along with the following information: name, military branch (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, National Guard, Navy) and conflict served (Afghanistan and Iraq, September 11, Gulf War, Vietnam, Korea, WWII, WWI, Peacetime, Other) to MemorialDay@senategop.state.il.us. Military photos are preferred but not necessary.

The deadline for submission is Monday, May 23. Submissions by mail are also acceptable. Please send the information and photo to:

Memorial Day Remembrance Wall
309G State House
Springfield, IL 62706

Questions can be directed to (217) 782-1650.

To see the Memorial Day Remembrance Wall slideshow from last year, click here. You can also view this videoabout the display from last year to see how loved ones will be remembered in the Capitol.