The Village of Peoria Heights was selected as the first site in Illinois to receive a Gold Star Memorial Marker honoring families of soldiers who’ve died in battle.
On Thurs., the village says in a news release the not-for-profit Gold Star Families selected the site at Tower Park because it hosts several events throughout the year, and it’s highly visible from Prospect Road. The dedication for the Gold Star marker is August 13th at 10am.
The Village says several Gold Star families are expected to attend.
The announcement comes amidst controversy surrounding a heated exchange between Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump and the parents of a fallen soldier who was Muslim-American.
Trump received criticism from both Democrats and fellow GOP leaders for his heated remarks directed toward Khizr and Ghazala Khan, whose son was an Army captain killed in Iraq.
Also on Thurs., the challenger to Republican Congressman Darin LaHood called on his opponent to apologize for not speaking out against Trumps’ comments. Democrat Junius Rodriguez said in a statement to local media outlets: “Shame has realized a new low, and those who endorse Trump’s efforts are sullied by his behavior.”