The “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” in 1918 was the time that World War I officially ended. Known first at Armistice Day, we now recognize Veterans Day to thank all people who have served in the
uniform of our country and to give particular thanks to the hundreds of thousand Americans who are currently deployed around the world to protect our freedom.

In 1918, the residents of the Edison Park neighborhood on Chicago’s northwest side erected a memorial “in Honor of Our Boys Who Served in The Army and Navy of the U.S.A. During the World War. Now known as Monument
Park, and located at 6679 N. Avondale, the memorial’s base is a black and white granite pillar topped by a limestone eagle from the old Cook County Courthouse that had been demolished

On Veteran’s Day,41st Alderman Brian Doherty, Chicago Park District CEO Tim Mitchell and a group of veterans gathered at Monument Park to honor our veterans and to call for the restoration of the memorial which has
weathered poorly since 1918. The wings of the limestone eagle atop the monument are broken, the granite and marble need refinishing, and a plaque has to be replaced.

We commend our local officials and veterans who have undertaken the restoration of the monument and offer our support of this project.