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WWII Memorial model coming to Elgin library

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  • Veterans and others gather around the traveling scale model of the World War II memorial in Washington D.C. that was shown at the Batavia VFW Post 1197 last year. The Pillars of Honor will be on display at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin on Sunday.

      Veterans and others gather around the traveling scale model of the World War II memorial in Washington D.C. that was shown at the Batavia VFW Post 1197 last year. The Pillars of Honor will be on display at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin on Sunday.
    John Starks/February 2011

 

Submitted by Gail Borden Public Library

They fought in the waters of the Pacific and Atlantic, in the skies above Japan and Germany, on the shores of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, and in the forests of Belgium and France. They were the soldiers who served and made sacrifices during World War II.

Gail Borden Public Library and Pillars of Honor will honor local World War II veterans at a special presentation from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, at the library, 270 N. Grove. Ave., Elgin.

Pillars of Honor is a nonprofit organization that brings the original scale model of the National World War II Memorial to veterans unable to travel to the original memorial in Washington, D.C.

During the presentation in the library's community rooms, area World War II veterans will be recognized in a ceremony in which members of American Legion Elgin Post No. 57, Veterans of Foreign Wars Watch City Post 1307 and other organizations will participate. After the presentation, those attending will get the opportunity to view the model up close.

Before the presentation, members of a local World War II re-enactment society will have memorabilia on display from 1:30 to 2 p.m. right outside the community rooms.

The program is free and open to the public but registration is needed. Register online at gailborden.info/register, by calling (847) 429-4597 or in person at the registration desk in the lobby.

The snow date for the program is Sunday, Jan. 29.

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