A monument dedicated to LGBT veterans will be unveiled in a national cemetery near Chicago on Memorial Day, in a celebration of the first federally approved monument to LGBT veterans.
A black granite slab flanked by two blocks of pale granite, the monument will feature the five seals of the military’s main branches – the army, navy, marine corps, coast guard and air force – as well as the the emblem of the merchant marines.
The memorial has been planned by the Chicago chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER). Cemetery office supervisor Lynne Phelan said it is, to the best of her knowledge, the first such approved monument.
The monument will also include an etching that reads: “Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people have served honorably and admirably in America’s armed forces. In their memory and appreciation of their selfless service and sacrifice this monument was dedicated.”
Rendering of the monument
American veterans for equal rights