The idea came about when it was realized that Grundy County did not have a veterans specific museum or center. We wanted a place that the stories of the veterans are recorded. Younger generations can learn of the challenges and joys of serving your country. Older generations can reflect on the stories and in most cases relate similar stories to someone they know. Sure, some stories are exaggerated. Most are not. You can learn a lot through those tales whereas there is often a measure of truth within. It may not have been the teller that experienced it all but someone they knew. Details may have been lost to fading memories of an honored patriot. They are still great stories we can honor and learn. Tell your story.
We publish our stories here as a series of entries. You may find more in depth information for some of the entries within the other Legacy Center web pages.
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Inteviews of veterans telling their stories. Many times the interview is taped for a class project. Others are part of the State of Illinois and the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project. Whichever way and for whatever reason, we are glad the storys are recorded for others to hear. Interviews
Scanned copies of scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, journals, letters, and photos.
Link will take you to photo albums of veterans. Many photos from various times, combat and non-combat. This is what the veteran took pictures of while in the service or service related.
The Coal City Library has a section on their website dedicated towards WWII veterans from the Coal City area. There you will find links to interviews and description of WWII personalities.
Captions provide details when photo is selected
Korean & Vietnam War Memorial Courthouse Steps Morris, IL
and to veteran families and friends