Press Release: 2014 Wall Expansion


(Marseilles, IL) –On Saturday, June 21st, the Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial in Marseilles, Illinois will celebrate its tenth anniversary.  This is a special anniversary, as we plan to unveil a new addition to the Memorial Wall.

The Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial is currently under construction with two more granite panels being installed, room for additional panels, a case for the 9/11 Pentagon block and a viewing area on the south side of the memorial.  This project is being donated by the City of Marseilles, Labor Hall 393, D Construction, River Ready-Mix, EJ Cattani & Son, Grand Rapids Excavating and the numerous volunteers of the Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run and Middle East Tribute Committee of Marseilles.

The Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial is a gift of love and respect from the American patriotic community who could not wait for the red tape of the government to say thank you to the many families who sacrificed it all for the freedom we hold so dear.  Every year this re-dedication service is to honor the new fallen heroes being added to the wall and the remembrance of those heroes whose names have already been engraved on the wall.  The wall and the museum are the best way to show the Gold Star Families that their loved ones will never be forgotten.

The Ceremony will be held at 1pm on Saturday, June 21st at the Wall and will include speakers, Sharon Allen, an Iraq war veteran and Retired Army Lt. Colonel Ryan Yantis, who served at the Pentagon when it was attacked on September 11th.

Following the Ceremony, the City of Marseilles invites you to join them for a Celebration of Freedom, with the annual Freedom Fest on Main Street.  The Righteous Hillbillies will headline the festival, with additional music from Road Angel, Dead End Alley and The Packrat Machine.

On June 19th, 2004 a Granite Memorial Wall was dedicated commemorating the servicemen and women who have lost their lives in worldwide conflicts since 1979. The vision for the Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial came from the founders of the Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run. The land and museum was donated by MTCO/IV Cellular and built by volunteers of the local laborers union with donated materials. The Wall is the first of its kind, in the history of the United States, to give honor to our fallen by name while a conflict is ongoing. It took 20 years to Honor our Vietnam Veterans. Almost 60 years to Honor our World War II Veterans. The names on the wall represent our fallen heroes from such diverse locations as Panama, Lebanon, the Balkans, Grenada, Somalia, Haiti, USS Cole, USS Stark, Terrorist attacks in Italy, Greece, Scotland, and the current conflicts in the Middle East.

The Wall is located at 200 Riverfront Drive in Marseilles, Illinois.



Linda Rose, Secretary
Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run

Gary Lewey, President
Marseilles Middle East Tribute Committee

Cherise Byone, Coordinator
Marseilles Freedom Fest

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4 Responses so far.

  1. Why not any KIAs from before 1979?

    So here I’ll remember Sergeant James R. Nettles who was killed in his vehicle by small arms fire in Beirut in 1958 and the 34 men killed by the Israelis when they attacked our ship, the U.S.S. Liberty in 1964. All serving in the name of freedom…

  2. Tim Chambers says:

    I heard they are inviting the Saluting Marine from Rolling Thunder!