Local veterans and volunteers established a nonprofit in 2018 with one project in mind—to build a permanent veterans tribute in the city they call home. The nonprofit, Bloomington Remembers Veterans Inc., has since worked closely with the City to plan for a future memorial on the grounds of Civic Plaza. Bloomington Remembers Veterans is dedicated to the mission of honoring and recognizing all veterans from all times of service.
City Council selected and approved a memorial design by Leo A. Daly. It captures the themes of honor, reflection, education, community and the future. The memorial will be constructed on the east lawn of Civic Plaza. The six military branches will be recognized in the design through armatures and service emblems. Individual recognition will be provided through symbolic dog tags hanging from the armatures with QR codes that visitors can scan to learn more about the veteran listed and their service.
The group is working on fundraising for the memorial. They have also connected with the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce.
“The Bloomington Chamber fully supports the Bloomington Veterans Memorial—an impressive, important, once-in-a-lifetime project that unites the community,” Brent Pavia, Bloomington Chamber president, said.