To those who valiantly serve their country during times of war, there are many ways to say thanks, oft times being in the form of a permanent memorial.
For those who served in World War II, there is a memorial in Washington, D.C. The memorial designed by architect Friedrich St. Florian, is meant to be a tribute to those who served from 1941 to 1945.
And this weekend, you can get to experience at least a scale-model version of the grand national memorial in North Riverside.
The World War II memorial will be on display at the North Riverside Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave., on Sunday, March 6, from 2 to 4 p.m.
The original scale model used to pitch the memorial’s design was put into storage after the federal government gave the go-ahead for the real deal. The 8-by-8 foot model remained there until a group known as Pillars of Honor approached the architect, who donated the scale model, with a plan to move it around to different locations, so the group could provide an opportunity for more people to see the memorial.
The group believed that many could not go to Washington to see the large monument, but would want to see it. Thus, the advocates, the Pillars of Honor, based in Des Plaines set about bringing the scale model to the people.
The traveling exhibit was first unveiled in August 2010 and has been scheduled for numerous visits in the Chicago area. For those to whom World War II is a faint memory or a simply part of a history book, this would be an excellent time to revisit that part of our history to learn how the many campaigns of the war shaped our world today.
The Riverside, North Riverside, Brookfield area has many sites designated to honor veterans who have served during different times. One only needs to see the Veteran’s Park, Veterans Circle and small monuments or boulders memorializing different wars or battles as reminders of those who have served.
But while those memorials are available at any time, the Pillars of Honor display will only be in North Riverside for one day – and that is much closer than Washington, D.C.
The exhibit is open to the public and addmission is free, although free-will donations are accepted. Any veteran who wishes to reserve a seat at the event can call the Pillars of Honor organization at 847-954-0520 for more information.
More information may also be obtained by going to the village’s website www.northriverside-il.org or by calling 442-5515.