11/13/2012 1:27:00 PM Plan to build memorial to Purple Heart recipients
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Troops killed or wounded in war will be honored with a new memorial at the cemetery in Springfield where President Abraham Lincoln is buried.
In a news release, the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency says the memorial is the result of an agreement signed by the agency and the Military Order of the Purple Heart to honor Springfield-area veterans.
John Lazell, the commander of Chapter 159 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, says the memorial will be devoted to honor veterans wounded or killed in every conflict where American troops served.
Lazell says it will take one or two years raising money for the stone monument at Oak Ridge Cemetery. When it is built, the Historic Preservation Agency will maintain it.