Tuesday, April 5…continued – Located in other areas of Oak Ridge Cemetery are the Illinois Vietnam Memorial, a beautiful Korean War Memorial, and a WWII Memorial.
The Vietnam Memorial incorporates five black granite walls upon which are inscribed the 2970 names of Illinoisans who died or are still missing. The five black granite walls form interior courtyards, one for each of the five branches of service. An eternal flame burns atop the Memorial where the gray granite walls converge.
The World War II Memorial was constructed to honor the 987,000 men and women from the State of Illinois who served our country during World War II. 22,000 Illinois citizens gave their lives in pursuit of liberty.
The Memorial design centerpiece is a globe 12 feet in diameter which represents the world in conflict during World War II.
The Korean War State Memorial honors 1,748 Illinoisans killed during the 1950-1953 Korean War.
The monument's centerpiece is a 12-foot bronze bell surrounded by four larger-than-life warriors representing the five branches of the armed forces - Army, Navy/Coast Guard, Air Force and Marines. The names of over 1700 Illinoisans killed in Korea are inscribed along eight walls. This Memorial is so detailed. It was beautiful.
We found the next marker from the Korean War very interesting.
If you visit Springfield, be sure to put the memorials on your list. It was a very moving experience.
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