The World War II Illinois Veterans 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. It is surrounded by a granite wall engraved with the names and dates of major battles of the Pacific and European theaters of war. A central plaza of personalized engraved bricks completes the design.
The Memorial was officially dedicated on December 4, 2004. The Memorial is located in Oak Ridge Cemetery 1441 Monument Ave., Springfield, Illinois, near the Korean and Vietnam Veterans Memorials a short distance from Abraham Lincoln’s tomb.