Memorial planned for Purple Heart recipients
Updated: November 16, 2012 3:29PM
Springfield — Troops killed or wounded while fighting for their country will be honored with a new memorial.
Under an agreement signed on Veterans Day by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Springfield-area chapter of the Order of the Purple Heart will raise money for the memorial. It will stand alongside other Illinois war memorials at Oak Ridge Cemetery, the site of Abraham Lincoln’s tomb.
The Historic Preservation Agency will take charge of care and maintenance for the memorial.
The Order of the Purple Heart will maintain a vigil or post a guard at the memorial on special occasions.
Oak Ridge Cemetery already includes memorials to those who served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. It also holds the Lincoln Tomb Historic Site.