Traveling memorial wall to be on display
Ceremony also will honor POWs, MIAs
PROPHETSTOWN – The Illinois Patriot Guard Fallen Heroes Traveling Memorial Wall will be in Prophetstown from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Main and Third streets.
The wall, initiated by Gold Star families and the Riders, pays tribute to Illinois military members who gave their lives in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation New Dawn. It also brings to mind all of America’s fallen war heroes.
It includes the names of several local service members:
– Army Pfc. Scott Tyrrell, 21, of Sterling, who died Nov. 20, 2003, of wounds suffered 6 days earlier in Tikrit, Iraq.
– Marine Lance Cpl. Andrew G. Patten, 19, of Byron, who was killed Dec. 1, 2005, by a roadside bomb in Fallujah, Iraq.
– Army Sgt. Jessica M. Housby, 23, of Rock Island, assigned to the Army National Guard 1644th Transportation Company in Rock Falls, who was killed Feb. 9, 2009, by a roadside bomb in Route Golden, Iraq.
– Army Pfc. Norman L. Cain III, 22, of Mount Morris, who was killed March 15, 2009, by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
– Marine Staff Sgt. Justus S. Bartelt, 27, of Polo, who died in combat in Afghanistan on July 16, 2010.
– Marine Lance Cpl. Alec E. Catherwood, 19, of Byron, who was killed Oct. 14, 2010, during a combat mission in Afghanistan.
Speakers will present a brief history of the conflicts and of America’s participation in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. In conjunction with the appearance, Prophetstown American Legion Post 522 will hold a POW/MIA ceremony at 9 a.m. across the street at the Legion Hall, 214 Washington St., to honor those who have not returned from war, from World War II to the present.
The wall, which bears the names, portraits, hometowns, ranks and dates of death of each service member, also will be on display in Oregon Oct. 5 and 6.
Admission is free; donations are appreciated.
Go to ilpgmemorialwall.com for more information.