State Sen. Neil Anderson is encouraging constituents to submit a tribute and photo of their loved ones who served our country to be displayed on the Veterans Day “Wall of Honor” in the Illinois Capitol Nov. 5-16.
“Honoring the legacy, bravery, and sacrifice of veterans is what the Wall of Honor is all about,” Anderson said. “It’s important people know the stories and the faces of our American heroes. We are truly the land of the free and the home of the brave because of our veterans.”
Families are to submit photos and written stories (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, Iraq, September 11, Gulf War, Vietnam, Korea, WWII, WWI, Peacetime, other). Military photos are preferred but not necessary.
Please email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov. 5. Submissions can also be mailed to Veterans Day Wall, 309 G Statehouse, Springfield, IL 62706. For questions, call 217-782-1650.
The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs is also partnering with Sen. Anderson on this tribute to veterans.
“The Wall of Honor allows all of us to remember the men and women who sacrificed to serve our great country so that we may live in Freedom. Please send your Illinois Hero’s story so we can honor all our Illinois Veterans,” said IDVA Director Stephen Curda, Ph.D.
For those who submit a tribute and would like to visit the Capitol to see their loved ones story on display, you can check out this video before you travel to Springfield.