Welcome To The Savanna Veterans Memorial Website!

Savanna VFW Supports Memorial - Michael Raleigh, left, commander of the Savanna VFW Post 2223, presents a check for $10,000.00 to Todd Swanson, chairman of the Savanna Veterans Memorial Committee. The check presentation was made at the future location of the Veterans Memorial, where raising and leveling off the ground was in progress.

VFW 2223 Donates $10,000

In the last weeks of March the grounds were cleared off removing all of the tree stumps and brush as well as the top soil in preparation to have fill brought in to level off the Veterans Memorial Site. Thanks to Ron Miller and his crew from Miller Excavating! It’s amazing what the right tools for the job can accomplish. These are several photos taken during that time.

Preparing for Land Fill

On December 12, 2017, we went out to Metform to receive a donation for the Veterans Memorial. In the photo below is Todd Swanson, Dan Cavanagh of Metform and Paul Mayer receiving the check.

Donation Received at Metform

On November 2, 2017, we erected our new sign announcing the location of the Savanna Veterans Memorial site. Pictured are Paul Mayer and Bob Grissinger after installing the new sign. Also present and taking the photo was Todd Swanson.

Home of the Savanna Veterans Memorial

The Savanna Veterans Memorial Committee was formed by a group of local citizens with members from the American Legion Post 148 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2223 and prominent citizens. The project started in May of 2016 and below is an image of the proposed main design of the memorial.

Drawing of the Savanna Monument

The image below is a close up of the granite monuments from the above view. As you can see this memorial is to honor all veterans, past, present and future. Our decision was to honor all services, Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and the Merchant Marines.

View of the granite monuments.

Donations are being accepted and may be mailed to Savanna Veterans Memorial Committee, PO Box 72, Savanna, IL 61074-0072. The group is a not-for-profit organization and donations are tax deductible. 

We started this Veterans Memorial project in May of 2016 and set a goal of $100,000.00 for the project. With the retaining wall and higher than expected costs through the last couple of years and needing to set a goal that will fund maintenance through the future, we have raised the goal to $200,000.00 to get us to where we need to be. We are now asking area companies to get corporate sponsors to get us up to that goal. The pavers have been ordered and are in process now and the Retaining Wall should be installed at the end of August. Please spread the word to all of the businesses in our area.

WCCI Radio Station Interview 

On August 24, 2017, Radio Station WCCI interviewed Todd Swanson and Paul Mayer about the Savanna Veterans Memorial. To listen to that interview, please click here

The following article was printed in the Savanna Times Journal on June 1, 2017: 

The Savanna Veterans Monument Committee has been formed by a group of local citizens.

Committee members have been meeting monthly since May 2016 to come up with a design and a suitable location for a veterans’ monument that will honor all military branches — Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines.

The group has been brainstorming ideas for the monument and has set a goal to raise $100,000. Their aim is to have the monument completed and a formal dedication in 2019.

One of the main fundraisers will be from the purchase of memory bricks with a veteran’s name and information engraved on it. The cost is a donation of $150.00 per paver brick which is tax deductable and will help build the memorial.

“We want to honor our community of veterans, past and present,” said Todd Swanson, project chairman.

In addition to Swanson, other committee members include Paul Mayer, Jeff Doran, Bryan McCaskey, Warren ‘Doc’ Vincent, Mike Raleigh, Kris Yingling, Jean Ferris and Ron Miller. Former Savanna mayor Larry Stebbins is the committee trustee.

“A location is still in the works,” said Swanson. “We are talking to the City of Savanna and the State of Illinois for a suitable high traffic location. We’d love to see it along the Mississippi River.”

The name of the planned monument is Patriots Point. The design will be three panels with a mission statement engraved and emblems of all branches of service authorized by the U.S. Congress in chronological order.

Three flags will adorn the monument — American, POW/MIA, and State of Illinois.

“We’d also like to erect a 100-foot flag pole and fly a garrison flag (15-foot by 25-foot) so that it can be seen for miles and be a landmark,” added Swanson.

Space for benches has been allowed in the final design.

“We are backed 100 percent by Mayor Chris Lain, Savanna City Council, State Rep. Tony McCombie and all service organizations in Savanna,” said committee member Paul Mayer.

Donations are being accepted and may be mailed to Savanna Veterans Monument Committee, P.O. Box 72, Savanna, Ill., 60174. The group is a not-for-profit organization and donations are tax deductible.

For more information contact, call Swanson at 815-273-3395 or Mayer at 815-273-3077.

The Savanna Veterans Monument Committee has set a goal of $100,000 for a monument honoring veterans from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines. It is hoped to have the monument erected in 2019.