ELGIN, Ill. – To create an account of the service of Illinois’ veterans and civilians during wartime, state Rep. Anna Moeller, D-Elgin, is encouraging local residents to participate in the Illinois Veterans’ History Project, a program created by Secretary of State Jesse White after Congress charged the Library of Congress with preserving stories of military service.
“The Illinois Veterans’ History Project gives service members and their loved ones the chance to put their memories into a permanent record,” Moeller said. “I encourage veterans and their family members to take part in this project so that we never forget the service of these brave men and women.”
To participate, veterans or their family members can complete an Illinois Patriots Information Form from the Secretary of State’s office. Forms are found at driver service facilities throughout Illinois or on their website https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/public/veteransproject.html. Those who participate will receive an Official Certificate of Appreciation for their participation.
According to the Secretary of State’s office, the project has nearly 6,000 digitized records accessible through the State Library’s Illinois Digital Archive and approximately 300 streamed interviews on the project’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/user/ilveteransproject.
“We must always remember and be thankful for the courageous efforts of the brave men and women who serve our country,” Moeller said. “As state Representative, I’m committed to protecting vital services for veterans and increasing veteran appreciation in Illinois. I encourage veterans and their families to participate in the Illinois Veteran History Project.”
For more information about the Illinois Veterans History Project, please contact Moeller’s constituent service office at 847-841-7130 or email StateRepMoeller@gmail.com.