Veterans' History



Veterans' History Project

From Basic Training to serving overseas, Elgin veterans share their first-hand experiences serving their country in this collection of video interviews. Veterans recount their time during World War II, Vietnam, and conflicts up through Operation Iraqi Freedom. Our veterans share unique stories of the trials and tribulations of war and we are privileged to be let into those memories.
Watch our collection of Interviews


Elgin Patriotic Memorial Association

Elgin has been honoring veterans on Memorial Day for over 100 years. Leading this work has been the Elgin Patriotic Memorial Association. In 1892, when aging Union veterans looked for some new volunteers to assist in their task of honoring Veterans, the EPMA was formed. Information about the EPMA events, and volunteer information can be found at

Veteran celebrations occur at various locations in the city. Look over past Memorial Day programs and read stirring speeches from days gone by.
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