New Memorial Coming To Peoria Soon

Alpha Media Ryan Piers

A new memorial will soon find a home in downtown Peoria.

After years of planning and fundraising, the Peoria County Veteran’s Memorial is nearly finished.

The ground has been broken and construction are preparing the area.

“It will be black granite,” said Peoria County Clerk Steve Sonnemaker. “We have enough money to complete the project and include a statue of a soldier, U.S. soldier, from Korea and Vietnam.”

Sonnemaker says the statue honors post-World War II veterans. The names of 236 Peoria County soldiers who lost their lives from Korea to the War on Terror will be encrypted.

The 40-ton granite memorial is currently in the United States and will be shipped to Peoria around August 18.

“It will be very similar to the black base granite of our World War I and II memorials,” Sonnemaker said.

The Peoria County Veterans Committee raised $360,000 for the memorial. It’s still looking to raise money to fund another piece of the exhibit.

“We have enough money to complete the project and include a statue of a soldier from Korea and Vietnam. So our next project is to raise funds for that last structure,” Sonnemaker said.

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