On Veteran's Day, November 11, 1991 the first three stones of the Memorial were dedicated in honor of all Effingham County Veterans. The "Memorial Name Stone" addition was dedicated on Armed Forces Day, May 19, 2012. This memorial has close to 3,700 names of men and women veterans from all five branches of the Armed Forces. The stones were designed and etched with the past, present and future in mind.
Each year, more names can and will be added. It is an ongoing memorial with space for over 9,000 names. The Memorial is not only a tribute, it is our history, a standing memorial to the living and the dead, our neighbors, our families, our friends, who have served to preserve, protect and secure peace for our nation. Some served on foriegn shores, some within our own borders. Some died, some never saw action, some were drafted and some enlisted. However, all of these men and women served and all gave themselves for our country.
For more information, or if you would like to contact the association to add a name, please call the Visitor Center at 217-342-5310.