New monument honors Purple Heart recipients
In recognition of those men and women who have been wounded in combat, this week the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency dedicated a monument in Springfield's Oak Ridge Cemetery to Purple Heart medal recipients.
Honoring recipients of the nation's oldest military award still in use, the monument recognizes the "tremendous sacrifices made by military personnel in all conflicts," according to the Director of the Historic Preservation Agency.
This new monument joins others operated by the state, including sites recognizing those who served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
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