Chicago's LGBTQ veterans to dedicate monument on Memorial Day

Mon. May 29, 2017 8:41 AM

representation of the monument to be installed in lakeview

photo credit // aver
Chicago, IL - The Chicago Chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER) will dedicate the first in the City of Chicago Veterans Monument honoring the service of LGBTQ veterans on Monday, May 29 at the corner of Addison and Halsted.

Congressman Mike Quigley, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Commissioner of Human Relations Mona Noriega, the Director of Chicago's Mayor's Office of Veterans Affairs Victor Lagroon, Alderman Tom Tunney, Victor Salvo, and Modesto Valle are among those attending. Chicago Gay Men's Chorus and Windy City Performing Arts will perform.

The Memorial will serve as a sign of gratitude for the service provided by LGBTQ men and women who have served honorably and admirably as part of of America's armed forces, said Timothy Zylstra, Vice President and board member of AVER Chicago.

Immediately following the 1 p.m. dedication in front of the old Chicago Police Station, 3600 N. Halsted, the Chicago Chapter will celebrates its 25th anniversary on the third floor of Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted, from 2 to 6 p.m.