Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum

Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum Open Tuesday through Friday from 9am until 4pm. Private Group Tours By Appointment. Free Admission. Rentals Available. As the oldest museum in Winnebago County, Veterans Memorial Hall is an exquisite space for special events and gatherings.
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The Real M*A*S*H Hospital in Korea
06/20/2021
The Real M*A*S*H Hospital in Korea

The Real M*A*S*H Hospital in Korea

Shows how wounded men were airlifted by small planes to tented hospitals near the front lines during the Korean War.

Photos from Women At War's post
06/18/2021

Photos from Women At War's post

Here are some photos from Memorial Day 2021 courtesy of  K. Patrick Yarbrough, Thank You.
06/04/2021

Here are some photos from Memorial Day 2021 courtesy of K. Patrick Yarbrough, Thank You.

06/03/2021

I attended the Memorial Day Service today at Memorial Hall. Harlem High School had created a mini replica of the Vietnam wall located in Loves Park. They raised the lettering so that people could take rubbings. I did not take a picture of wall itself because my eyes queued in on one name, Charles Wolfe. The first time I met Charlie, I was one of 5 members on his hiring committee at Rock Valley College. It was a round robin setup where we all took turns firing questions at him. My question was, "Describe a time where you had to handle a difficult task, and how did you overcome it?" He just looked at me and said, "Well there was a time I was asked to weld a square piece of metal and make it fit in a round hole while under enemy fire."My response, "Sir, I have no more questions for you."
Needless to say he was an excellent instructor at Rock Valley College.

118 years ago today Memorial Hall was dedicated by President Theodore Roosevelt with these words,  Congressman Hitt and ...
06/03/2021

118 years ago today Memorial Hall was dedicated by President Theodore Roosevelt with these words,
Congressman Hitt and you my fellow Americans and particularly you the men who in every gathering, the first of citizens of this republic, are for evermore entitled to right of line. I consider myself fortunate in being able to come today to this city to dedicate this beautiful Memorial hall, a hall in the erection of which, the citizens of this city and town honor themselves in honoring you.
I greet you, the men who fought on land and glad I am that here we should have the flag of the monitor [ship] Winnebago to remind us, if we need such reminder, and I hardly think we do, to [text illegible] a matter of personal concern to every citizen of the union. No more fitting memorial, no more fitting monument could be erected than a hall such as this, a hall beautiful in itself and beautiful, because of the uses to which it is consecrated, and the hall, the monument is not only for you just as you are not only for yourselves, your lives, your deeds, have now become part of the every fiber of the nation. You warred for four years for your children that they could have within their borders peace forever. You warred to establish the fact that this government was not one of license but one of liberty and by and through the law that this government was in very fact unified and free. You and those like you saw what Abraham Lincoln saw, that anarchy was the handmaiden of tyranny. You saw that injustice by one man to that man's fellow inevitably must be revenged by the mere logic of fact. And that the only way to secure safety for the republic in the future was to do away with such injustice. You fought to establish a principle that this government should be for all time a government of self-respecting freemen; no man being permitted to wrong his neighbor and each man being in return shielded from wrong himself. The problems that we now have to face at the onset of the new century are different from the problems that you had to face.
New methods for their solution must be devised but the spirit in which we must face them must be the same spirit that you showed when Abraham Lincoln called and you answered. This is a government of law, of liberty, of order; it is not, and it never shall be a government by a plutocracy; it is not and it never shall be a government by a mob.
No baser creature exists than he who looks with arrogant disregard upon his fellow because that fellow is less off. There can be no baser man, but there can be a man as base, and that is the man who regards with envy, rancor and hatred his fellow because that fellow is better off.
The two spirits, the two attitudes are equally base and equally unworthy of every man bred up in the principles of American Citizenship or to the traditions of the men who in Washington founded this republic, who in Lincoln's time preserved it.
I am warned that my time here has come to an end. I thank you. I thank you in the name of my own comrades of the Spanish American war and of the men of the National Guard, ever ready to come forward and do their part as you did yours. Our job was a little one, but we did it. And we hope that you feel that in the hour of lesser trial, we showed ourselves not wholly unworthy of the men whose spirit had rung true in the hour of great trial. I thank you for listening to me. I do not know that I have been able to do you any good, but you have been able to do me a great deal."
PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEMORIAL HALL!

118 years ago today Memorial Hall was dedicated by President Theodore Roosevelt with these words,
Congressman Hitt and you my fellow Americans and particularly you the men who in every gathering, the first of citizens of this republic, are for evermore entitled to right of line. I consider myself fortunate in being able to come today to this city to dedicate this beautiful Memorial hall, a hall in the erection of which, the citizens of this city and town honor themselves in honoring you.
I greet you, the men who fought on land and glad I am that here we should have the flag of the monitor [ship] Winnebago to remind us, if we need such reminder, and I hardly think we do, to [text illegible] a matter of personal concern to every citizen of the union. No more fitting memorial, no more fitting monument could be erected than a hall such as this, a hall beautiful in itself and beautiful, because of the uses to which it is consecrated, and the hall, the monument is not only for you just as you are not only for yourselves, your lives, your deeds, have now become part of the every fiber of the nation. You warred for four years for your children that they could have within their borders peace forever. You warred to establish the fact that this government was not one of license but one of liberty and by and through the law that this government was in very fact unified and free. You and those like you saw what Abraham Lincoln saw, that anarchy was the handmaiden of tyranny. You saw that injustice by one man to that man's fellow inevitably must be revenged by the mere logic of fact. And that the only way to secure safety for the republic in the future was to do away with such injustice. You fought to establish a principle that this government should be for all time a government of self-respecting freemen; no man being permitted to wrong his neighbor and each man being in return shielded from wrong himself. The problems that we now have to face at the onset of the new century are different from the problems that you had to face.
New methods for their solution must be devised but the spirit in which we must face them must be the same spirit that you showed when Abraham Lincoln called and you answered. This is a government of law, of liberty, of order; it is not, and it never shall be a government by a plutocracy; it is not and it never shall be a government by a mob.
No baser creature exists than he who looks with arrogant disregard upon his fellow because that fellow is less off. There can be no baser man, but there can be a man as base, and that is the man who regards with envy, rancor and hatred his fellow because that fellow is better off.
The two spirits, the two attitudes are equally base and equally unworthy of every man bred up in the principles of American Citizenship or to the traditions of the men who in Washington founded this republic, who in Lincoln's time preserved it.
I am warned that my time here has come to an end. I thank you. I thank you in the name of my own comrades of the Spanish American war and of the men of the National Guard, ever ready to come forward and do their part as you did yours. Our job was a little one, but we did it. And we hope that you feel that in the hour of lesser trial, we showed ourselves not wholly unworthy of the men whose spirit had rung true in the hour of great trial. I thank you for listening to me. I do not know that I have been able to do you any good, but you have been able to do me a great deal."
PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MEMORIAL HALL!

05/31/2021
Sometimes professional things can be a bit overwhelming to people. This short slide presentation gives the individual gr...
05/04/2021
Protecting your family's history

Sometimes professional things can be a bit overwhelming to people. This short slide presentation gives the individual great information on how you can save that important family history.

Course description: Do you have boxes of photographs or family papers stored away in a closet or attic? This session provides a basic introduction to organizin…

Mobile Uploads
04/27/2021

Mobile Uploads

🇺🇲WWII uncovered: Charles Jackson French a Hero's Hero

"On September 5, 1942, United States Navy Petty Officer First Class Charles Jackson French, of Omaha Nebraska, swam through the night for 6 - 8 hours pulling a raft of 15 wounded sailors with a rope around his stomach through shark infested waters after the USS Gregory was hit by Japanese naval fire near Guadalcanal. French successfully brought the men to safety on the shores of the Solomon Islands. French was the first swimmer to earn the Navy Medal for his heroism in 1943.

French's story first came to light when Robert N. Adrian a young ensign, told a reporter from the Associated Press about how Charles braved the Pacific Ocean to bring the men to safety.

Ensign Adrian was the only one on the bridge to survive and floated over into the water as the ship sank below him. Hearing voices, he found a life raft filled with 15 wounded men. Adrian, though superficially wounded, was able to hang on. “I knew that if we floated ashore we'd be taken as prisoners of war," he said. "Then French volunteered to swim the raft away from shore. He asked for help to tie a rope around his waist and towed them to safety." Adrian told him it was impossible that he would only be giving himself up to the sharks that surrounded them "French responded that he was not afraid. He was a powerful swimmer, and swam all night, 6 to 8 hours, until they were eventually saved by a landing craft."

Once Charles Jackson French was identified, he became a national hero. A depiction of French's heroic actions was included in the WWII Commemorative Card Set produced by Gum Inc., based in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. In addition to the War Gum trading card, his story was told in syndicated comic strips, on calendars and he made public appearances across the country to promote the sale of War Bonds. Pictured is Charles with his sister Viola during a public appearance at a football game in Omaha, Nebraska,1943. He is also recognized by the International Swimming Hall of Fame." (Sources: The International Swimming Hall of Fame and www.swimmingworldmagazine.com)

Petty Officer First Class Charles Jackson French passed away on November 7th, 1956 at the age of 37. Lest We Forget.

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Just a fun little project I am working on for our permanent display on Camp Grant.
04/23/2021
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Just a fun little project I am working on for our permanent display on Camp Grant.

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04/21/2021

Today the entire Division mourns the loss of Spc. Abigail Jenks, a fire support specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division and a native of Gansevoort, New York. Spc. Jenks was killed Monday while conducting a Airborne operations from a UH-60 Blackhawk on Sicily Drop Zone.

“Spc. Abigail Jenks was a creative, hardworking, and confident Paratrooper. Her love for art, animals, and her friends reverberated wherever she worked,” said Capt. Brian Norman, Jenks’ battery commander. “Her compassion for fellow Paratroopers will be truly missed.”

Spc. Jenks will be missed. Remember, #Paratroopers never die, they just slip away.

Photos from Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library in Philadelphia's post
04/15/2021

Photos from Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library in Philadelphia's post

Terry Dyer Obituary (1946 - 2021) - Roscoe, IL - Daily-Chronicle
03/26/2021
Terry Dyer Obituary (1946 - 2021) - Roscoe, IL - Daily-Chronicle

Terry Dyer Obituary (1946 - 2021) - Roscoe, IL - Daily-Chronicle

Terry Ray Dyer Born: December 12, 1946 in Rockford, IL Died: March 21, 2021 in Roscoe, IL Terry Ray Dyer of Roscoe, IL, passed away peacefully in his home on March 21, 2021. He was born at Rockford Me

03/25/2021

In the dark morning hours of November 13, 1969, Specialist Robert O'Day and Company A, 1st Battalion, 61st Infantry held a defensive perimeter when an NVA attack suddenly exploded the night. Radio communication between company leadership and the platoons went down, so O'Day volunteered to be a runner. With mortars, rockets, and RPGs exploding, small arms fire coming in, and sappers assaulting the perimeter, O'Day remained constantly exposed relaying messages all over the position and resupplying ammo. When he saw a platoon of sappers making their final charge through the line, O'Day grabbed a machine gun and beat them back, advancing toward them as he fired. His actions turned the tide of the assault, and initiated a counter-attack by the soldiers in the defense, finally driving off the NVA.
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For his outstanding courage and dedication to his men, O'Day was awarded the Silver Star. He served 2 tours in Vietnam, also earning a Bronze Star with "V" and Purple Heart. He retired after 20 years in the Army. He passed away on February 1, 2021 at the age of 74.
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Timeline Photos
03/25/2021

Timeline Photos

03/24/2021
One of the things that Terry was proud of was that he was able to get the County to allow weddings at the hall! Here is ...
03/23/2021

One of the things that Terry was proud of was that he was able to get the County to allow weddings at the hall! Here is a photo of him with the couple that held the first Wedding in Memorial Hall. R.I.P. Terry Dyer

One of the things that Terry was proud of was that he was able to get the County to allow weddings at the hall! Here is a photo of him with the couple that held the first Wedding in Memorial Hall. R.I.P. Terry Dyer

Yesterday Veterans Memorial Hall lost lost one of it's greatest supporters. God Speed Terry Dyer God Bless you!
03/22/2021

Yesterday Veterans Memorial Hall lost lost one of it's greatest supporters. God Speed Terry Dyer God Bless you!

Premier does such good work we love our new display cases so come on in to Memorial Hall and check out their work!
03/17/2021

Premier does such good work we love our new display cases so come on in to Memorial Hall and check out their work!

I know today has all of us wondering about Spring really getting here. But snow always melts and the sun returns. The St...
03/15/2021
Monuments and Memorials Tour, Rockford's Main Street District - Clio

I know today has all of us wondering about Spring really getting here. But snow always melts and the sun returns. The Staff here has put together a tour that you can take all on your own. Total walk is about 2 miles and each point has historic significance to our community. You can download the app on a smart phone or create a map from your computer.

Rockford has a rich history of honoring those who contribute to our nation. This tour includes memorials to these individuals in the downtown River and Main Street Districts.

Wars seem too stay with us in so many ways. Have you been there?
03/12/2021
France's Forbidden 'Red Zone'

Wars seem too stay with us in so many ways. Have you been there?

A swath of the country so devastated by war it is still too dangerous to go there.

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This Memorial Hall, one of the first of it's kind in the state of Illinois to be dedicated to our veterans of all wars, was completed in the year 1903. The doors opened with the dedication ceremonies on June third of that year by our twenty - sixth president Theodore Roosevelt with these words: "No more fitting memorial could be erected to the men who fought, than a hall such as this..... a hall beautiful because of the uses to which it is consecrated" - Teddy Roosevelt 1903 Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum is a living memorial to Veterans from all wars. It will serve as a constant reminder to the sacrifices given by brave men and women from Winnebago County and a way for generations to remember and learn about their lives.

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** Next Friday [email protected]!! ** Ernie Hendrickson Album Release Show Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum Friday September 27th 2019 Doors: 7pm Pre-Sale Tickets: $12 Day of: $15 Opening Act: Emily Hurd Make sure to join us Friday September 27th 2019 for the Highly Anticipated Return of Rockford's Own, Ernie Hendrickson. Ernie is releasing his Full Length 2nd Album, Roll On and wants you guys to join in the excitement for the night. This show at the Veteran's Memorial Hall will Feature Opening Act Emily Hurd and then Ernie Hendrickson closing out the night with the 8 Piece Full Studio Band featured on the Album. Shows at the Veteran's Memorial Hall always promise an intimate experience with you and the Bands. This is night NOT to be missed! Pre - Sale Tickets can be located at Culture Shock - Clothing and Records, The Norwegian and also Online at www.erniehendrickson.com https://www.facebook.com/events/393234768060711/
11 Days Away !!!! Ernie Hendrickson Album Release Show Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum Friday September 27th 2019 Doors: 7pm Pre-Sale Tickets: $12 Day of: $15 Opening Act: Emily Hurd Make sure to join us Friday September 27th 2019 for the Highly Anticipated Return of Rockford's Own, Ernie Hendrickson. Ernie is releasing his Full Length 2nd Album, Roll On and wants you guys to join in the excitement for the night. This show at the Veteran's Memorial Hall will Feature Opening Act Emily Hurd and then Ernie Hendrickson closing out the night with the 8 Piece Full Studio Band featured on the Album. Shows at the Veteran's Memorial Hall always promise an intimate experience with you and the Bands. This is night NOT to be missed! Pre - Sale Tickets can be located at Culture Shock - Clothing and Records, The Norwegian Restaurant and also Online at www.erniehendrickson.com https://www.facebook.com/events/393234768060711/
** Save the Date [email protected]!! ** Ernie Hendrickson Album Release Show !!!! Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum Friday September 27th 2019 Doors: 7pm Pre-Sale Tickets: $12 Day of: $15 Opening Act: Emily Hurd Make sure to join us Friday September 27th 2019 for the Highly Anticipated Return of Rockford's Own, Ernie Hendrickson. Ernie is releasing his Full Length 2nd Album, " Roll On " and wants you guys to join in the excitement for the night. This show at the Veteran's Memorial Hall will Feature Opening Act Emily Hurd and then Ernie Hendrickson closing out the night with the 8 Piece Full Studio Band featured on the Album. Shows at the Veteran's Memorial Hall always promise an intimate experience with you and the Artist. This is a night NOT to be missed! Pre - Sale Tickets can be located at Culture Shock - Clothing and Records, The Norwegian Restaurant and also Online at www.erniehendrickson.com https://www.facebook.com/events/393234768060711/
** Save the Date [email protected]!! ** Ernie Hendrickson Album Release Show !!!! Veterans Memorial Hall and Museum Friday September 27th 2019 Doors: 7pm Pre-Sale Tickets: $12 Day of: $15 Opening Act: Emily Hurd Make sure to join us Friday September 27th 2019 for the Highly Anticipated Return of Rockford's Own, Ernie Hendrickson. Ernie is releasing his Full Length 2nd Album, " Roll On " and wants you guys to join in the excitement for the night. This show at the Veteran's Memorial Hall will Feature Opening Act Emily Hurd and then Ernie Hendrickson closing out the night with the 8 Piece Full Studio Band featured on the Album. Shows at the Veteran's Memorial Hall always promise an intimate experience with you and the Artist. This is a night NOT to be missed! Pre - Sale Tickets can be located at Culture Shock - Clothing and Records, The Norwegian Restaurant and also Online at www.erniehendrickson.com https://www.facebook.com/events/393234768060711/ Poster Art credited to Local Artist: Joe Tallman
Scott - Great to talk with you this morning. I appreciate your efforts to inform your teachers about this opportunity to join Skype in the Classroom and set up some interviews with our veterans of WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Cold War, Iraq and Afghanistan. I came across a couple of videos of Major General John Borling and have bought the book, Taps on the Walls. So impressive. We would like to invite him to Pontiac to see our museum and possibly to speak at Pontiac Township High School. - David Estes Education Director Livingston County War Museum Dal Estes Education Center Pontiac IL
Like the lights, and a great place of History
I like the lights!
I certianly have a favorite, do you?