Surround of Honor meant to embrace visitors

Surround of Honor meant to embrace visitors

The Illinois Fallen Soldier Surround of Honor was unveiled last week at Illini State Park in Marseilles.

President of the Illini State Park Foundation Steve Massey says people at Nucor Tube stepped up to help make the memorial possible.

Nucor helped design and provided steel for the memorial that includes bricks engraved with the names of Illinois soldiers who died in Middle East wars.

Massey says the memorial is meant to symbolized how Illinois’ fallen stood together as brothers and sisters in their service.

The project started in 2009 with the planting of 250 oak trees. Eventually, Massey thought it would be good to add an additional memorial to site and the idea of the Surround of Honor was born.