First recipients named for WWI monument preservation grant

Landmarks Illinois has awarded funding through the Landmarks Illinois World War I Monument Preservation Grant Program to the city of Aurora and the Second Indianhead Division Association to preserve outdoor monuments.

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Landmarks Illinois has awarded funding through the Landmarks Illinois World War I Monument Preservation Grant Program to the city of Aurora and the Second Indianhead Division Association to preserve outdoor monuments.

"The City of Aurora and the Second Indianhead Division Association are ensuring that our veterans, even those that fought a century ago, are not forgotten," Bonnie McDonald, president and CEO of Landmarks Illinois, said in a press release.

Aurora will use the grant funds for the restoration of its Branches of Services Plaque on the New York Street Bridge. Built in 1931, the bridge was a memorial to WWI soldiers. Over time, the plaque has been corroded by weather and chemical exposure.

The Second Indianhead Division Association will use the funds for cleaning and restoring its Belleau Wood WWI monument. Located in the Cook County Forest Preserve in Des Plaines, the monument was built to remember the three-week battle that took place in 1918. With exception of a Washington, D.C., memorial, this is the largest memorial to honor the U.S. 2nd Division. The memorial should be cleaned by August when a rededication ceremony will take place.

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