Auditor: Peoria County Veterans' Memorial - A Final Salute
Many Peoria County citizens gave their lives in defense of freedom in conflicts since the World Wars I & II. With the help of many public and private donations, Peoria County will be able to honor these veterans with a new Veterans Memorial to honor the Korean War, Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, Gulf, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and the War on Terrorism, as well as any future conflicts - completing the War Memorial Project. The memorial will provide a beautiful place to remember our loved ones, as well as historical education for generations to come.
This downloadable form provides an avenue to make a donation to help accomplish this goal. Your donation is much appreciated, and will allow us to complete this project more quickly.
You may contribute in different ways:
As a Patriot donor with permanent acknowledgement at Memorial
Purchase an inscribed brick paver to be set into the foundation of the Memorial
Donation to help complete the War Memorial
All are described in the text of this webpage
All contributions and pledges should be made payable to:
The Peoria County Veterans' Memorial Fund
324 Main Street - Suite G-02
Peoria, Illinois 61602
If you have any questions, please either call 309.672.6006 or email WarMemorial@peoriacounty.org.
Thank you for your help.
Who we are:
The Peoria County Veterans Memorial is an official project of Peoria County Government.
The Peoria County Veterans' Memorial Committee is an official sub-committee of the Peoria County Board.
Congressman Darin LaHood, Honorary Member
18th Congressional District, State of Illinois
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, Honorary Member
17th Congressional District, State of Illinois
Peoria County State's Attorney Jerry Brady, Advisory Member
General Committee Members:
Ken Baker/ 309-573-6199 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Ernie Crowl / 309-691-5813 / email@example.com
Hal Fritz / 309-692-9580 / firstname.lastname@example.org
J. Ryan Hubbard / 309-494-5634 / Hubbard_j_ryan@cat.com
Phil Salzer / 309-251-4868 / email@example.com
Steve Sonnemaker, Chair / 309-495-4638 or 309-360-6850 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce Thiemann, Vice Chair / 309-676-1381 / email@example.com
W. Eric Turner, Peoria City Councilman / 309-253-2489 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol VanWinkle / 309-672-6006 / email@example.com
Platinum Patriot - $75,000 and above
Gold Patriot - $50,000 to $74,999
Silver Patriot - $25,000 to $49,999
Bronze Patriot - $10,000 to $24,999
Emerald Patriot - $5,000 to $9,999
Ruby Patriot - $1,000 to $4,999
All Patriot Contributors will be acknowledged on a granite or bronze marker adjacent to the memorial.
Memorial Pavers/Foundation Bricks:
4"X 8" (3-lines - 20 characters per line) $150.00 12" X 12" (9-lines - 21 characters per line) $500.00
The downloadable form has a place to indicate a donation less than the minimum $1,000 necessary for donor acknowledgment at the Memorial - but much appreciated to help us raise the funds necessary to complete this War Memorial.
Open letter from Steve Sonnemaker, Peoria County Clerk and
Chairman of the Veterans' War Memorial
The Peoria County Board has established a committee for the purpose of planning and raising funds for the construction of a final Veterans Memorial on the courthouse plaza. Our committee's intent is to construct a fitting memorial in honor of Peoria County's Veterans of the Korean War to the present, as well as any possible future conflicts. This memorial will honor all Peoria County Veterans who have served in the U.S. Military during the Korean War, Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, Persian Gulf, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and the War on Terrorism. In addition, this memorial will honor the 106 Peoria County Veterans who lost their lives in Korea and Vietnam by listing their names on the memorial panels.
This project, which will complete Peoria County's Final Salute to all of her Veterans on the Courthouse Plaza, cannot be completed without the financial support of Peoria area businesses, local governments and citizens. We know from our community's past support of the Peoria County World Wars I & II Memorial Project that you believe, as we do, that Peoria cannot forget the sacrifices of our veterans. Therefore, I am submitting for your consideration a request for a financial commitment for this worthwhile project. Our goal is to raise $500,000.00, which will enable us to complete this project next year.
Peoria County shall use all contributions for the restrictive purpose of the costs related to planning, designing, constructing, dedicating and maintaining a final Veterans Memorial on the Peoria County Courthouse Grounds to honor Peoria County Veterans who served in the U.S. Military from Korea to the present, as well as any future conflicts.
We appreciate the overwhelming support that the Peoria Area gave us during Peoria County's efforts in establishing a fitting memorial to honor Peoria's Veterans of World Wars I & II and trust that you will assist us once again in completing our task to honor all Peoria County Veterans in the Heart of Peoria. As a Platinum Patriot Contributor (please see contribution categories), your support will be acknowledged on a marker adjacent to the memorial.
I will be happy to attend any meetings in order to answer any questions you or your group may have.
R. Steve Sonnemaker, General Chairman
Peoria County Veterans' Memorial Committee
Peoria County Veterans Memorial Project
A Final Salute
Thousands of Peoria Area Citizens have served in the United States Military since World War II. In numerous wars and conflicts, Peoria's men and women have answered their country's call to service. And One Hundred and six Peoria County Citizens gave their lives in defense of Country during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. The Peoria County Veterans Memorial will be a fitting addition to the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza. It will be a place for visitors to reflect and reconnect with history. It will also provide a quiet place of peace and serenity; a fitting tribute to the Citizens of Peoria we wish to honor.
The design of the memorial will allow for a listing of the 106 names of the fallen from Peoria County during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. The memorial design will also allow additional names to be engraved if necessary - as well as providing a brief history of the many conflicts and wars from Korea to the present and beyond. The memorial will be guarded by four bronze statues of individual soldiers in a vision of soldiers on patrol. The memorial will be located on the center section of the courthouse plaza facing Adams Street, between the Soldiers & Sailors Monument and the World Wars I & II Memorial. (Please see attachments for further design information).
Why should the Peoria Area support the Veterans' Memorial Project? Thousands of Peoria area citizens served in the United States Military from the Korean War to the present. As such, the impact of these conflicts had a dramatic effect on Peoria County and its Citizens. Many Peoria Area Families were separated from their loved ones for great periods of time, as they left home to serve their Country. The greatest cost was the 106 Peoria County service members who would never return. Therefore, it is left to today's Citizens to insure that their service and sacrifice does not go unrecognized.
Citizens from the entire Peoria Area will benefit from the Memorial's historic and symbolic attraction. Locating the Memorial within the Courthouse plaza, along memorial row, will provide citizens and visitors an opportunity to visit the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial, the World Wars I & II Memorial and the planned Peoria County Veterans Memorial, honoring all Peoria County Veterans from Korea to the present and beyond. This will provide a perfect setting to illustrate the area's role during these conflicts, as well as the gratitude Peoria County has shown its Veterans.
This is an excellent opportunity for those of us who reap the benefits from those who served: To show our appreciation and gratitude to all Peoria County Veterans. We trust that you will join us in this campaign of honor.
The Peoria County Veterans' Memorial Committee is an official sub-committee of the Peoria County Board. The Internal Revenue Service considers the County of Peoria to be a qualified charitable organization under IRS Code Section: 170 (c) (1). Therefore, we understand that this is a charitable contribution for which you receive no direct benefit. However, you are advised to consult your tax professional for questions and tax deductibility.