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posted: 5/23/2012 9:06 AM

Palatine to host model of WWII memorial in June

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  • The restored original architectural model of the national World War II Memorial.

      The restored original architectural model of the national World War II Memorial.
    Courtesy of Pillars of Honor

  • Veterans and families take pictures of a scale model of the National World War II Memorial on display at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin earlier this year.

      Veterans and families take pictures of a scale model of the National World War II Memorial on display at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin earlier this year.
    DAILY HERALD FILE PHOTO

 
Submitted by the Palatine Park District

Pillars of Honor, in association with the Palatine Public Library District, Palatine American Legion Post 690, and the Palatine Park District, invites residents to the unveiling of the original scale-model of the National World War II Memorial.

This event will be from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, June 10, at the Palatine Park District, 250 E. Wood St., Palatine.

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The original scale-model of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be unveiled during a program honoring veterans and their families with music, military honors and a speaker.

The exhibit and event is brought to you by Pillars of Honor Inc., a local non-profit organization dedicated to honoring WWII veterans unable to travel to the Capital to see their memorial in person.

Former Sen. Bob Dole used this original model to present to Congress. It was designed by Friedrich St. Florian of Providence, RI. Pillars of Honor has the distinction of hosting this model on loan for a limited time before it has to be returned and placed in the Smithsonian.

Our WWII vets now number fewer than 3 million. The average age of these veterans is 89 years old and we are losing themat an alarming rate of 1,200 every day. These vets are missing out on the opportunity to get first-hand knowledge about their memorial and, more importantly, receive recognition for their contribution to our nation.

This Day of Honor experience gives vets the chance to learn about their memorial, talk with other veterans, and reflect upon the sacrifices they and others made during one of the most trying times in the history of the United States.

To honor a veteran, contact Pillars of Honor before Sunday, June 3, and their name will be included in the program book. Call (847) 954-0520 or visit www.pillarsofhonor.org to learn more.

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