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The Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs and the Illinois Senate Republican Caucus are teaming up to honor and remember the sacrifice of the brave servicemen and servicewomen who have passed away.

As a way to honor loved ones and friends who have served in the U.S. Military, the public is encouraged to submit a photograph and written remembrance of your deceased veteran to be displayed on the Illinois State Capitol Memorial Day Remembrance Wall. Your submissions will be displayed in the State Capitol Rotunda starting at the beginning of the Memorial Day holiday weekend, Thursday, May 26, through Monday, July 4.

In response to requests from friends and family members who wished to honor their loved ones on the Memorial Day Remembrance Wall, any deceased veteran will be honored. However, the display will pay special tribute to those who were killed in combat, as is fitting during the Memorial Day holiday.

Please email a photo and written remembrance (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 and Iraq, September 11, Gulf War, Vietnam, Korea, WWII, WWI, Peacetime, Other) to MemorialDay@senategop.state.il.us. Military photos preferred but not necessary.

To see the Memorial Day Remembrance Wall slideshow from last year, click here. You can also view this incredibly moving video about the display, to see exactly how your loved one will be remembered in the Capitol.

The deadline to submit is Monday, May 23.  If you wish to send by mail, send your remembrance and photo to:

Memorial Day Remembrance Wall
309G State House
Springfield, IL 62706

Questions can be directed to (217) 782-1650.

Thank you for participating as we honor our brave service members in uniform this Memorial Day and every day.

Let's honor our heroes and keep their legacies alive.