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County World War I & II Veterans Memorial in Peoria, Illinois by Jeffery S. Poss Architect
January 23rd, 2014 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Jeffery S. Poss Architect
From the historical perspective of six decades, we can begin to understand the essential relationship between the two world wars. It is therefore fitting that Peoria County has envisioned a single project that commemorates both wars. The Memorial features three similar white granite columns in two groups to represent the roman numerals “I” and “II.” The columns are supported on black granite plinths.The plinths act as “cenotaphs”, or empty tombs, inscribed with the names of the county veterans who lost their lives in the wars.The memorial honors the 28,000 men and women from Peoria County who served during World War I & II.
The site for the new memorial is the northeast corner of the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza. Opposite the site, on the southeast corner, stands the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, dedicated in 1896 to veterans of the Civil War. The alignment of both projects along the east corners of the plaza form a historic continuity of monuments commemorating significant 19th and 20th century events. The low limestone retaining walls of the plaza are continued into this square and wrap around the memorial, becoming an integral part of the urban open space developed in the courthouse block.
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