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Veteran's Memorial Groundbreaking on Saturday

Sep 26, 2016

The Peoria County Veteran’s Memorial Committee is pleased to announce that a Groundbreaking Ceremony will be conducted on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the site of the proposed memorial on the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza.

The new memorial, titled FINAL SALUTE, is the final memorial addition to the courthouse plaza. This memorial shall honor thousands of Peoria County Veterans that served our nation since World War II as well as those that will serve in the future. In addition, this memorial will list the 233 names of the Peoria County Veterans that never returned home on its Granite Walls.

Assisted by local dignitaries, veterans from the major conflicts during the last 65 years will be honored and turn the first shovels for the project.

In addition to local political leaders, including County Board Member G. Allen Mayer, Retired Colonel Hal Fritz will deliver a short key note message. Col. Fritz was awarded the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam War. He is one of only 77 living Americans so honored.

The memorial project construction will begin next spring. For additional information please contact the memorial committee chairman, Peoria County Clerk Steve Sonnemaker, at (309) 495-4638, (309) 360-6850, or

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