Senator DeWitte invites families to submit stories of veterans to be showcased at Illinois Capitol

To help remember veterans, tell their incredible stories, and honor their service this Veterans Day, State Senator Donald DeWitte (R-St. Charles) is encouraging constituents to submit a tribute and photo of their loved one who served our country to be displayed on the annual Veterans Day “Wall of Honor” in the Illinois Capitol.

“Our veterans deserve this recognition, and the Senate Republicans’ Wall of Honor provides an opportunity for families to have their loved ones who answered the call to serve memorialized in this year’s tribute at the State Capitol,” said Sen. DeWitte. “I invite every family from the 33rd District that has a loved one who served in the military to participate and submit an entry.”

The Senate Republican Caucus has been hosting the annual Veterans Day tribute since 2017. This year’s tribute wall will be on display from Nov. 11 through Nov. 23.

Families and friends who would like to participate should submit the following to be displayed on the annual Tribute wall:

  • photo of veteran (military photos are preferred but not required)
  • written story (max: 250 words)
  • name of veteran
  • military branch (Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, National Guard, Navy)
  • conflict served (Afghanistan, Iraq, September 11, Gulf War, Vietnam, Korea, WWII, WWI, Peacetime, other).


If possible, please email submissions to by November 11. Submissions will be accepted through November 23, and the display will be updated daily to include new entries. Submissions can also be mailed to Veterans Day Wall, 309 G Statehouse, Springfield, IL 62706. For additional information, please call 217-782-1650.

For those who submit a tribute and would like to visit the Capitol to see their loved one’s story on display, you can view this helpful video before you travel to Springfield.

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