Fundraising continues for Peoria war memorial

Published: Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 9:00 a.m. CDT

PEORIA (AP) — Organizers of an effort to build a new war memorial in Peoria say they're making progress raising money for the monument.

The (Peoria) Journal-Star reports ( ) backers have collected about $30,000 toward the project. That doesn't include expected contributions from the city and county.

Peoria County Clerk Steve Sonnemaker is leading a county committee that's in charge of designing and building the memorial called "Final Salute." It honors people who served or died in conflicts since World War II. The project's expected to cost about $500,000.

The v-shaped marker will have granite plaques where names will be inscribed. It will also feature statues of three to five soldiers who are "on patrol" in the center.

Sonnemaker says it'd include at least 100 names of area residents who've died in conflicts.

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