The fifth annual Memorial Day Wall of Remembrance is now on display in the Illinois State Capitol Rotunda, according to Senator Brian Stewart.
The display, put together every year by the Senate Republican Caucus, was officially opened at a ceremony May 23 by Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady of Bloomington, Senator Stewart and several of their legislative colleagues.
“We can thank the many brave Americans who put love of country first and made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom we enjoy today,” said Senator Brady. “To these men and women, we owe our deepest gratitude and support. I would encourage people throughout Illinois to come visit our Capitol and pay homage to these heroes.”
The Wall of Remembrance features a moving display that cycles on a large screen the photos and stories of men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Visitors will also have the opportunity to share their own stories and memories of loved ones and friends who have fallen in the line of duty, or to simply express gratitude by filling out notes to post on the Wall.
“We pay tribute to the brave men and women who over the years have left their homes, their jobs, their families and their friends to protect our freedom and our civil rights,” said Senator Stewart, an Army veteran who served as a Military Police Officer and Military Police Investigator. “We honor the overwhelming sacrifices they made to protect the United States and many other countries throughout the world.”
Also addressing attendees at the ceremony was Jim Frazier, a former Marine, contract Survivor Outreach Services Coordinator for the Department of the Army and Gold Star Dad, who stressed the importance of celebrating the memory of those who have served. His son Jacob Frazier, a Staff Sergeant with the Illinois National Guard, was killed in an ambush in south central Afghanistan in 2003.
“There’s an old saying, ‘A person dies twice, once when life leaves their body, and again when their name is spoken for the last time.’ Remember them, speak their names,” said Frazier.
The Senate Republican Caucus encourages those visiting the Capitol to take a moment to pause and thank these brave men and women for their sacrifices. The Wall of Remembrance display is open to the public from May 23 to July 4, during normal business hours.