Approximately 75 local residents joined State Sen. Sue Rezin (R-Morris) to show their gratitude to America’s brave men and women in uniform, as part of a tribute memorial on Sunday, Oct. 1 at the Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial in Marseilles, honoring veterans’ sacrifice.
“Last week, I visited the Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial in Marseilles,” Rezin said. “The walls there contain the names of 7,896 servicemen and women, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, who gave their lives defending our country. The names on those walls, like every memorial wall around the country, represent sacrifice and courage. The names stand for democracy and bravery."
Rezin was inspired to host the event in response to football players around the country choosing to kneel for the National Anthem, something she says is “disrespectful to our country and to the brave men and women who gave their lives and paid the ultimate sacrifice, so that we may enjoy the freedoms we have today.”
“Before anyone thinks about kneeling for the National Anthem, I ask them to think about the names on that wall and others like it. I am very much disheartened by the actions of several players in the NFL and even student athletes across the country and in our state, who are deciding to kneel during our nation’s National Anthem. So I invited those who wished to show their gratitude to our brave men and women to join me as part of a tribute memorial, honoring their sacrifice.”
The event included remarks from Sen. Rezin and local veterans. The Pledge of Allegiance was said and the National Anthem was sung.
“I was so pleased that so many people stood together, hand over heart, for our veterans because they stood for us,” Rezin said. “It’s so important we honor our veterans with our thoughts and presence, and show them the respect they deserve.”