The La Salle County Veterans Tribute Group is in the running for the Governor's Cup.
The group's effort to bring the Vietnam Moving Wall to Ottawa is one of four finalists in the Governor's Hometown Awards, earning top honors in its population division of the program.
In total, 23 projects statewide were recognized by the program.
The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service will present the 2018 Governor’s Hometown Awards during a special reception at the Governor’s Mansion at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.
The Governor’s Hometown Awards program gives formal recognition to communities that contributed to their community’s quality of life via projects that had strong volunteer support, met a need and made a definitive impact.
The wall arrived June 6 to June 11 at the UAW Pat Greathouse Center, featuring a couple different ceremonies.
More than 70,000 people visited at all hours.
The black wall had the names of the 57,318 men and women who died in Vietnam etched on it. In front of the wall was a field of 2,914 U.S. flags representing the names on the wall from Illinois. There also were 33 crosses with photos and biographies of the men from La Salle county who had died in Vietnam.
Several groups and donors helped the La Salle County Veterans Tribute Group.
The La Salle County Veterans Tribute Group posted to its Facebook: "Wow what an Honor! Hopefully the La Salle County Veterans Tribute Group can win the Governor's Cup!!"
The other three localities considered are: Aviston for its Vintage Hall renovation, Lemont for Haunted Central and Oak Lawn for its community garden. The commission will present these projects to a new panel of judges. The judges will choose one project as the overall Governor’s Cup Winner announced Nov. 15.
“We are pleased that through the preliminary round of judging, 23 localities have been recognized as either cup finalists, project winners, or project honorable mentions of the program,” said Commission Executive Director Scott McFarland in a press statement. “The judges saw a variety of community service projects during the application process and were pleased to see so many jurisdictions utilizing volunteers in their communities.”
All projects honored will receive a plaque and a road sign honoring the achievement.
Nomination forms for both the Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards, which honors individual volunteers, for calendar year 2018 efforts are available, as well as the list of the 23 others recognized, at www.serve.illinois.gov.
The Serve Illinois Commission is a 40-member (25 voting and 15 non-voting), bipartisan board appointed by the governor and administered by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Its mission is to improve Illinois communities by enhancing volunteerism and instilling an ethic of service throughout the state.