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SPRINGFIELD -- To help remember veterans, tell their incredible stories, and honor their service on Veterans Day, State Sen. Dale Righter (R-Mattoon) is encouraging constituents to submit a tribute and photo of their loved ones who served our country to be displayed on the Veterans Day “Wall of Honor” in the Illinois Capitol Nov. 5-16.

“This is a wonderful way for people to honor the veteran in their lives,” Righter said in a press release. “I’ve seen the Wall of Honor at the Statehouse in years past, and it’s a powerful display that reminds us that we live in the greatest country in the world, and it’s our brave servicemen and women who are ultimately responsible for that.”

Families are to submit photos and written stories (max: 250 words) along with the following information: name, military branch (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, National Guard, Navy) and conflict served (Afghanistan, Iraq, September 11, Gulf War, Vietnam, Korea, WWII, WWI, Peacetime, other). Military photos are preferred but not necessary.

Email submissions to veteransday@sgop.ilga.gov by Nov. 5. Submissions can also be mailed to Veterans Day Wall, 309 G Statehouse, Springfield, IL 62706. For questions, call 217-782-1650.

The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs is also partnering with Righter on this tribute to veterans.

“The Wall of Honor allows all of us to remember the men and women who sacrificed to serve our great country so that we may live in Freedom. Please send your Illinois Hero’s story so we can honor all our Illinois Veterans,” said IDVA Director Stephen Curda, Ph.D.

For those who submit a tribute and would like to visit the Capitol to see their loved ones story on display, check out the video "Visiting the Illinois Capitol" on Youtube before you travel to Springfield.

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