"They gave their tomorrows for your today."
Quoted by Leon Toussaint, China-Burma-India Veterans' Association, WWII
This Memorial commemorates DuPage County residents killed in military conflicts at home and abroad beginning with the Black Hawk War in 1832 and continuing on to our most recent overseas engagements.
Also honored are the five branches of military service with special recognition of five DuPage County soldiers who received the Medal of Honor for selfless valor in battle.
The memorial was designed as a sundial to symbolize the temporal nature of war and illustrate the chronology of our nation’s conflicts. The use of this ageless clock transcends time by acknowledging the great human sacrifice that surrounds all wars past and future. Each day the shadow of the sundial gnomon passes over every name in a daily remembrance of those who gave their lives for their country.
The memorial is also an astronomically correct timepiece that measures not only the time of day but also the month of year and solstices of the sun.
Dedication of the Veterans' Memorial occurred on May 31, 1999.