Date set for DAR’s monument dedication

An artist’s rendering of the back of the monument

An update about the monument to be installed on the courthouse grounds was presented to the Randolph County commissioners at their Nov. 17 meeting.

Joan Montroy, with the Liberty Bell of the West Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, gave the update on behalf of the chapter.

Plans for this monument started way back in 2014 when the Liberty Bell of the West Daughters wanted to memorialize their patriots,” she explained.

But she noted that after further consideration, they decided to change the focus of the monument and dedicate it to the state’s bicentennial in 2018, as Randolph County is where the state began and this would be of more historical significance.

Our project is fully endorsed by our national society and by our state society. The historian general of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution has written a letter approving the project, and our Illinois State Regent Gloria Perkins Flathom has given her full support. We are registered as an official participant with the Illinois State Bicentennial Committee,” Montroy noted.

The plan is to set the monument between Aug. 1 and 20, 2018, and to hold a dedication ceremony on Aug. 26, 2018. This date was selected as the Illinois Constitution was signed on Aug. 26, 1818.

For more from the Board of Commissioners meeting, please see this week’s print edition.