In an effort to honor the sacrifices made by veterans of the United States Armed Forces, and to remember their contributions to our nation, this upcoming Veterans Day, State Senator Bill Brady is encouraging constituents to submit a tribute and photo of a friend or loved one who served our country to be displayed in the rotunda of the Illinois State Capitol from Nov. 1 to Nov. 13.
“Generations of brave men and women have answered the call to serve our nation and we owe them a great debt of gratitude,” said Brady. “On Veterans Day, let’s show them that a grateful nation honors them and remembers their sacrifices.”
Families are to submit a photo and written story (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 email@example.com by Oct. 30. 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 the Senate Republican Caucus on this tribute to veterans.
“This Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our Illinois Heroes and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free every day of our lives,” said Erica Jeffries, Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
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.