Marsilles memorial honors fallen soldiers

Published: Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 4:00 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 9:13 a.m. CST

MARSILLES — Not all war memorials stand in Washinton, D.C. The Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial stands in Marseilles on the banks of the Illinois River. The wall was dedicated in 2004 to those who have lost their lives in worldwide conflicts since 1979.

Every June, the names of the newly-fallen are added to the wall during the Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run. The soldiers, their family and friends are honored during this yearly event. Thousands of motorcyclists honor the fallen.

The memorial sits on land donated and adjacent to the IV Cellular headquarters. Since its creation, people have left mementos and tributes at the memorial for the fallen soldiers. Due to the amount of treasures left behind, IV Cellular turned part of their lobby into the Middle East Conflicts Memorial Museum.

The Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial is located at 200 Riverfront Drive, Marseilles.

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