Over 300 residents and students in Griggsville gathered on the town square Wednesday morning to welcome a special traveling memorial to town, just in time for this weekend's Apple Festival.
The Illinois Patriot Guard Fallen Soldiers Traveling Memorial Wall arrived on the town square Wednesday morning.
Bearing the names and photos of more than 270 fallen soldiers, the wall is the result of a volunteer protect initiated by parents who have lost their children to wars overseas. It was built in 2010 and travels the state of Illinois.
And the patriotism was contagious in Griggsville, from the Greatest Generation to the youngest generation, as an excited crowd of students and town residents were waving flags to help welcome the group to town.
Apple Festival President Ed Logan said the Patriot Guard assisted at last year's car and motorcycle show and the two groups talked more about they could participate in this year's festival.
"The little kids had colored flags at school and they brought those. And so for the Patriot Guard and the Fallen Heroes Memorial Wall to come in and be welcomed by this number of people is just very uplifting and it's got the festival off to a wonderful start."
The festival committee also presented the Illinois Patriot Guard with a $500 donation.
The Patriot Guard exhibit will be open throughout the annual Griggsville Apple Festival all this weekend. The festival features a talent show and queen pageant on Friday, and the Magnificent Mile Parade and musical entertainment on Saturday.
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