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Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Accepting Nominations for ‘Honor 200′

Illinois Bicentennial
200 years ago, on December 3, 1818, Illinois became the 21st state in the Union. During the Bicentennial celebration, the state will pay tribute to the amazing people, places, and things that are being BORN, BUILT & GROWN in Illinois every single day. (Source: Illinois200)

Nomination deadline is August 31, 2018

By: Rosemary Piser

Illinois will be honoring 200 veterans from across the state who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to benefit and provide inspiration to their community. More than 100 veterans have already been nominated to be recognized as part of Illinois’ Bicentennial celebration, but the state is looking for more nominees.

Nominees will be evaluated based on their achievements in dedicating their time and energy to build their communities and assist their fellow veterans and service members.

The honorees will be announced in September and will be featured guests at the Bicentennial Party Gala, which will be held at Chicago’s United Center.

Anyone can nominate a hero.

The Governor’s Office of the Illinois Bicentennial and the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs will accept nominations through August 31, 2018.

Written nominations should be sent to the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, 69 W. Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60601 or online by clicking on “Honor 200” at

The Official Illinois Bicentennial Celebration began last December 3rd, 2017 with events in Springfield and Chicago. The celebration has continued with programs and events throughout 2018, ending with the Bicentennial Birthday Party on December 3rd, 2018 at the United Center.  The HONOR 200 veterans will be recognized during the Birthday Gala.  For information on the Bicentennial and to find out how your community can participate go to

The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, a state agency is dedicated to empowering veterans, as well as their dependents and survivors, to thrive. We do this by helping veterans navigate the complex veteran support system and assisting them in obtaining benefits; by providing long term health care for eligible veterans at our four Veterans’ Homes; and by working with other government agencies and non-profits to help veterans address education, mental health, housing, employment, and other challenges.

On Dec. 3, 1818, Illinois became the 21st state in the union. The Illinois Bicentennial is a yearlong celebration of what has been BORN, BUILT & GROWN in the state and a reminder of why we are #IllinoisProud. Citizens are encouraged to participate in the celebration by visiting, following Illinois 200 on Facebook and Twitter and using the hashtag #IllinoisProud.