MARSEILLES, Ill. (CBS) – June 15 marks the 10th anniversary of the Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial on the Illinois River in Marseilles. There will be a motorcycle ride from the Grundy County Fairgounds on that day, and a ceremony at the memorial.
It’s the war memorial that most people don’t even know exists, even after ten years.
It bears the names of more than 7,000 soldiers killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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Tom Yarber, with the Illinois Motorcycle Freedom Run Foundation, which built and maintains the memorial, says, “We’re the first people in the history of the united states to ever put up a wall memorial like this where the names are added while the war is ongoing.”
They’re bikers who want the families to know their loved ones will never be forgotten.
Like a lot of bikers, Yarber has a nickname. “Most of the families know me as Big Daddy,” he says.
Yarber’s role is family liason. He spends a lot of time on the phone with family members and meets them in person when they come to see the wall memorial.