Memorial Day is a day to remember the lives of the brave men and women who answered the call of duty to serve their country and ultimately gave their lives. So many Americans and Illinoisans made sacrifices to provide us the freedoms we have today.

Today is a time to remember the hero who made our freedom possible. Illinoisans gave their lives to make ours free. Each year, the Illinois Senate Republicans puts up a Wall of Remembrance in the Illinois State Capitol. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we couldn’t hold our usual dedication in the Capitol, so we decided to bring it to you virtually.

This year’s virtual Wall of Remembrance has names of all Illinoisans who died in defense of our country while serving in the military along with photographs, personal stories, and tributes for all to see. If you are looking for a specific name, please see the directory at the end of the video. Please take a moment today to watch the virtual Wall of Remembrance – a tribute to Illinois’ fallen heroes.

Say their names, continue to tell stories about them, and never forget. As you watch their tribute, say a prayer for their families, their loved ones. May their legacies live on.