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Illinois WWI Places

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American Legion Post 134 Cannonloupe
Morton Grove
IL
USA
60053

WWI Field Artillery Piece on the grounds of Morton Grove's American Legion Civic Center

 

 
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Camp Grantloupe
Rockford
IL
USA
61109
 
Elks National Veterans Memorialloupe
2750 North Lakeview Avenue
Chicago
IL
USA
60614
July 14, 1926

The Elks Veterans Memorial is a tribute to the bravery, loyalty and dedication of the thousands of Elks who have fought and died for our country. It has been described as one of the most magnificent war memorials in the world, but with its monumental architecture and priceless art, the Memorial is more a symbol of peace and of the patriotism of the members of the Elks fraternity.

 
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Midway Villageloupe
Rockford
IL
USA
61107
 
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Midway Village Museumloupe
6799 Guilford Road
Rockford
IL
USA
61107
Midway Village Museum hosts an annual Great War Event, a World War I military event featuring re-enactors portraying soldiers and civilians from the United States, France, Great Britain, Belgium, Russia, Germany and Austria-Hungary in the museum’s 13-acre Village on the museum grounds. Visitors engage in history with the opportunity to walk near encampments and tour a reproduction three-bunker trench, talk to over 220 re-enactors about life as a soldier, learn about the various military equipment and combat techniques of this war, and watch large-scale narrated battle reenactments.
Midway Village Museum will host the 4th annual Great War Event, a World War I military event will feature re-enactors portraying soldiers and civilians from the United States, France, Great Britain, Belgium, Russia, Germany and Austria-Hungary in the museum’s 13-acre Village on the museum grounds. Visitors engage in history with the opportunity to walk near encampments and tour a reproduction three-bunker trench, talk to over 220 re-enactors about life as a soldier, learn about the various military equipment and combat techniques of this war, and watch large-scale narrated battle reenactments.
 
Pritzker Military Library and Museumloupe
104 S. Michigan Ave. 2nd Floor
Chicago
IL
USA
60603
The Mission of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library is to acquire and maintain an accessible collection of materials and to develop appropriate programs focusing on the Citizen Soldier in the preservation of democracy. Colonel J.N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired), founder of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, assembled a major collection of books and related materials on military history, with a particular focus on the concept of the Citizen Soldier in America. Today, building upon that foundation through the generosity of private donors, the Pritzker Military Museum & Library has become a non-partisan research organization that attempts to increase the public understanding of military history and the sacrifices made by the men and women who have served. In a democratic society, it is important for people of all viewpoints to have an open, public forum to discuss the past, present, and future of the military. Through its collection and its programs, the Museum & Library is dedicated to serving as a forum for those discussions and preserving them for future generations. Since opening in 2003, the Museum & Library has hosted more than 400 events featuring the country's most acclaimed authors, historians, journalists, and scholars.
 
Pullman State Historic Siteloupe
Chicago
IL
USA
60628
 
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The Morton Grove Doughboyloupe
Morton Grove
IL
USA
60053
The bronze statue was first installed in 1921 by the Women's War Working Circle in Morton Grove. It has stood on this spot since that time, pre-dating the library which was built in 1952. On Memorial Day and Veterans Day, the Ladies Auxilliary of the American Legion Post 134 lay a wreath at the base in remembrance.
 
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The Morton Grove Doughboyloupe
6140 Lincoln Avenue
Morton Grove
IL
USA
60053

Morton Grove Doughboy

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100c 100m wwi centennial plaque This bronze statue was first installed in 1921 by the Women's War Working Circle in Morton Grove. It has stood on this spot since that time, pre-dating the library which was built in 1952. On Memorial Day and Veterans Day, the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 134 lays a wreath at the base of the statue in remembrance.

 
The Spirit of the American Doughboyloupe
Alton VFW Post 1308, 4445 Alby Street
Alton
IL
USA
62002
November 11, 1922
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Records compiled by the Office of the Adjutant General show that Illinois gave 351,153 men to the armed forces of the United States during the war, the third highest total number. To commemorate the centenary of our involvement in the Great War, the Illinois World War I Centennial Committee has a mission to:

ADVOCATE. Encourage other entities in Illinois to recognize the contributions of Illinois to the First World War.

EDUCATE. Develop tools to educate others about the contributions of Illinois to the First World War.

FACILITATE. Support other entities that are recognizing the contributions of Illinois to the First World War.

ELEVATE. Recognize and celebrate Illinois veterans and civilians for their sacrifices and contributions to the First World War.

PARTICIPATE Join other states in a national effort to recognize veterans and civilians for their sacrifices and contributions to the First World War throughout the United States.


ILLINOIS INSTITUTIONS IN THE GREAT WAR

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A growing number of institutions, companies, and universities are contributing their wartime stories for posterity. Learn more about them here.

 

COMMEMORATIVE ACTIVITIES IN ILLINOIS

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An interim report on commemorative activities at Illinois cultural institutions can be found here.


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Illinois is fortunate indeed to be the home of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, whose commitment and sponsorship of Illinois and National World War One centenary commemoration efforts has been both tireless and unswerving.


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On April 1, 2016, Governor Bruce Rauner issued a proclamation officially recognizing the Illinois World War One Centennial Committee

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