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Public meeting on war memorials postponed
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency’s meeting on war memorials moved to Jan. 24

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[December 12, 2014]  SPRINGFILED - The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Board of Trustees has postponed Saturday’s meeting on the state’s war memorials to avoid conflicting with activities for National Wreaths Across America Day. The meeting will now take place at noon on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015.

The goal is to get public input on how to manage space in the state’s collection of war memorials in Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetery.

The agency operates memorials there for veterans of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Additional groups have approached the IHPA about adding memorials to the site, which has a finite amount of space. The IHPA Board of Trustees is seeking input from veterans groups and the general public regarding further development of the site and appropriate criteria for adding memorials.

Who: Any member of the public with an interest in when and how new war memorials should be added at Oak Ridge Cemetery.

What: Public meeting

Where: Great Room, IHPA headquarters, 313 S. Sixth Street, Springfield

When: Noon – 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 24.

Why: To gather public input on honoring military personnel past and present.

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Details: Each person may speak for three minutes. No more than three people from any one group may speak. Pre-registration for speaking times may be made by contacting Aly Grady at 217-558-8950. Written comments will be accepted until Jan. 31. Comments may be sent to with “War Memorial” in the subject field or mailed to IHPA, Attn Aly Grady, 313 South 6th Street, Springfield, IL 62701.

Responses to public comments will be prepared and posted on the agency’s website once completed.

[Chris Wills, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]


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