The striking veterans monument in O’Fallon Illinois continues to add new patriots. Today’s Memorial Day tribute drew hundreds for the unveiling of 24 names recently engraved in stone.
An 87-year-old O’Fallon resident is the driving force behind the creation of the monument. Betty Osborne says she was driven to get the monument built based on childhood memories of returning veterans.
“When they would return after the war and to hear what they all went through, it had been effecting me all these years. Now that I’m older it seems like I’m always going back to the 7th and 8th grade when it started.” said monument committee chair Betty Osborn.
The ceremony also was a chance for residents to see that repairs had been made to two pillars damaged on May 11th. Police are still investigating whether it was storm conditions or vandals that caused the pillars to crash to the ground.
Living and deceased veterans are eligible for placement. It only requires that the association receive a $100 dollar donation.