While driving home from a trip to Starved Rock and the Illinois River, I passed a sign, Middle East Conflicts Memorial Wall in Marseilles. I remembered that Monday, May 28th is Memorial Day is the US when the men and women who served are remembered and honored.
I had visited the Vietnam War and Korean War memorials in Washington, D.C. I didn’t know there was a memorial to honor those soldiers that served, sacrificed in the Middle East Conflicts. I’ve had many relatives that served. I decided to see it and learn more about it.
I turned off Highway 80 and drove down a curvy, hill road to the small riverside town of Marseilles, Illinois, to see the memorial. Drive down main street through the town and turn right before arrive at the river bridge to reach the memorial.
The Middle East Conflicts Memorial is located in Shehorn Park. It’s a large memorial with a feeling of sacred space, and the backdrop of a rushing Illinois River.
The Middle East Conflicts Memorial Wall was erected:
“On June 19th, 2004 a Granite Memorial Wall was dedicated commemorating the servicemen and women who have lost their lives in worldwide conflicts since 1979. The project was built with donated material and labor and is the first of its kind, in the History of the United States, to give honor to our fallen by name while a conflict is ongoing. It took 20 years to Honor our Vietnam Veterans. Almost 60 years to Honor our World War II Veterans. The names on the wall represent our fallen heroes from such diverse locations as Panama, Lebanon, the Balkans, Grenada, Somalia, Haiti, USS Cole, USS Stark, Terrorist attacks in Italy, Greece, Scotland, and the current conflicts in the Middle East.” by Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run
On Memorial Day, I will think about this tribute by the river: