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Connelly encourages constituents to submit veterans’ stories, pictures for tribute at Illinois State Capitol

This upcoming Veterans Day, State Sen. Michael Connelly (R-Naperville) is stressing the importance of honoring the legacy and sacrifice of United States veterans. Connelly is encouraging constituents to submit a tribute and a photo of a friend or family member who has served our country to be displayed at the Illinois State Capitol Nov. 1 through Nov. 13.

“The men and women of the United States Armed Forces who have answered the call to serve their nation deserve our respect and our gratitude,” said Connelly. “Remember your friends, family and neighbors who have served and say ‘thank you’ this Veterans Day by submitting your tributes to be displayed in the rotunda of the Illinois State Capitol.”

Families are asked to submit a photo and written story (max: 250 words) along with the following information: name, military branch (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, National Guard, Navy) and conflict served (Afghanistan, Iraq, September 11, Gulf War, Vietnam, Korea, WWII, WWI, Peacetime, other). Military photos are preferred but not necessary.

Please email submissions to by Oct. 30. Submissions can also be mailed to Veterans Day Wall, 309 G Statehouse, Springfield, IL 62706. For questions, call 217-782-1650.

The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs is also partnering with Sen. Connelly on this tribute to veterans. 

“This Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our Illinois Heroes and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free every day of our lives,” said Erica Jeffries, Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

For those who submit a tribute and would like to visit the Capitol to see their loved ones story on display, you can check out this video before you travel to Springfield.


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