The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Illinois Bi-Centennial Committee will honor the work of 200 veterans from across the State of Illinois, whose contributions are above and beyond the call of duty as they dedicate their time and energy to assist their fellow veterans and service members. Nominees are evaluated based on their achievements, and on the extent to which their contributions have aided, benefited and provided inspiration to their community at large.
In Addition, nominees must have received an honorable discharge from the U.S. military and reside in Illinois. This award has a very special meaning. It provides our state, as well as the Governor of Illinois, with an opportunity to showcase the value of community service as exemplified by our Illinois Veterans. Through their past experiences, they’ve embodied his virtue to the greatest extent.
Whether it be service to one’s country, one’s family, friends, neighbors or community, the example set by our veterans illustrates how far individuals are willing to go, to help their fellow citizens. Both on and off the battlefield, veterans exemplify the meaning of selfless service, courage, and compassion. In this way, they are the exact role models we need in our communities!
Below are two nomination forms to use. Once completed, nominations can be sent two ways.
Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs
George W. Dunne Office Building
Attn: Illinois “Honor 200” Bi-Centennial Award 69 W. Washington Street, Suite 1620 Chicago, Illinois 60601 Or Email to: Patricia.Watkins-Oliver@illinois.gov
The Official Illinois Bicentennial Celebration began December 3rd, 2017 with events in Springfield and Chicago and will be commemorated with programs and events throughout 2018, culminating with the Bicentennial Birthday Party on December 3rd, 2018 in the United Center. The HONOR 200 veterans will be recognized during the Birthday Gala. For information on the Bicentennial and to find out how your community can participate go to www.illinois200.com