SPRINGFIELD -- Plans for a new war memorial in the capitol city were rolled out Monday morning. The monument will honor those who earned the Purple Heart during their service to our country.
Its a partnership between the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Springfield 'Order of the Purple Heart' Chapter. Expected to be finished in about two years, the new structure will be added to the war memorial area of Oak Ridge Cemetery. Commander of the 159 Order of The Purple Heart John Lazell says it will honor all those who have put country before self.
"It's a very important monument, because it's what we call an 'all inclusive'. Bringing together members of our armed forces who have been wounded in action. Whether they were killed or still living, it will represent all the different wars across-the-board," said Lazell.
As the planning continues, we'll bring you more information about how you can help in fundraising efforts.