Rep. Ives represents Wheaton at grant award for World War I Memorial

State Representative Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) was honored to represent the City of Wheaton on Wednesday at an event held at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library in Chicago where it was announced that Wheaton’s World War I Memorial Obelisk at Northside Park has been chosen one of the first 50 awardees for the 100 Cities/100 Memorials matching grant challenge. 

The grant will go toward the restoration of the limestone obelisk at the entrance of Northside Park as well as restoration of the two bronze plaques honoring 500 Wheaton citizens that served in World War I, which the United States entered in April 1917. The war ended on November 11, 1918.

Rep. Ives' grandfather
Representative Ives, a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and Army veteran, was invited to represent Wheaton at the announcement by Mayor Michael J. Gresk. 

 “I am tremendously honored to represent the residents of Wheaton, particularly our veterans, on the occasion of our local World War I Memorial being chosen for this well-deserved grant,” Representative Ives said. “The people of Wheaton have a long and proud history of serving in the U.S. Armed Forces for generations that continues to this very day. Earlier this year I was proud to help recognize the 100th anniversary of the First Division Museum at Cantigny. Today’s grant announcement is another opportunity for Wheaton to pay tribute to those who served in World War I and honor their legacy in our community.”

For the ceremony on Wednesday, Representative Ives wore her grandfather's WW I dog tag. He was from Iowa and served in the 349th AEF during WW I. 

For questions or more information, please contact Representative Ives at (630) 384-9719.

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