The campus community paused to honor those who have served in the military during an annual Veterans Day ceremony on November 11. One highlight of the day was the dedication of the University’s Veterans Memorial Garden.

Located at the southern end of the Quad, the garden includes a memorial seating area, emblems for each branch of the military, and a plaque that reads: This garden is dedicated to the Illinois State University faculty, staff, students, and alumni veterans who served with honor in the five branches of the United States Military.

The garden’s design and conceptual drawings were completed by Assistant Director of Grounds Darcy Loy and Campus Tree Surgeon Heather Wilcox.

“Our veterans have given so much to protect and preserve the freedoms that we enjoy each and every day. This garden is a way for us to recognize and pay tribute to their courage, commitment, and dedication,” Loy said.

“Special attention was given to every detail in the design of the garden, even the name and type of roses selected,” she said. “The names of the roses include Remember Me, Freedomland, Memorial Day, and Honor.”

Illinois State’s Master Plan Team dedicated the award proceeds for creation of the garden. Additional funds were provided from the Fell Arboretum. The ceremony was sponsored by Veterans Services, Illinois State University Army ROTC, and the Office of the University Registrar.