Purpose of the Memorial
The Veterans Memorial in Washington Park honors military service personnel from Waukegan who served their country while a citizen of the city of Waukegan. However, it is important that the space not only function as an honor to all those who have served in the Armed Forces and a memorial to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy, it should also be a space where people can feel the pride in being an American regardless of their status as a veteran or civilian.
Features of the memorial plaza include: a 36-inch diameter granite globe that floats on water; the statue of the doughboy that once stood in front of the Homer Dahringer American Legion Post; five plaques representing the branches of the military; engraved pavers memorializing veterans or current members of the U.S. military; a statue of Orion Howe, who is the youngest soldier to ever receive the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor; and the largest bronze flag wall sculpture in the United States, which was dedicated on Veterans’ Day, 2008.
The Veterans Memorial Plaza is located at the southwest corner of Washington Street and West Street in Washington Park.
The Veterans Memorial Plaza was dedicated on Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, 2005.
The Patriot’s Wall
The inner wall honors the more than 200 individuals from Waukegan who gave their lives in the struggle for freedom.
Memorial brick pavers are available. To download a brochure, click here.