Memorials in Chicago to visit this weekend

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Graceland Cemetery in Lakeview

Stop by and pay your respects to some of the founding fathers of the City of Chicago, great patrons of the arts, and other notable Chicagoans.

Many of the cemetery’s tombs are of great architectural or artistic interest, including the Getty Tomb, the Martin Ryerson mausoleum (both designed by architect Louis Sullivan, who is also buried here), and the Schoenhofen Pyramid Mausoleum. The industrialist George Pullman was buried at night, in a lead-lined coffin within an elaborately reinforced steel-and-concrete vault, to prevent his body from being exhumed and desecrated by labor activists.

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Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Plaza

This memorial to fallen heroes from the Viet Nam War can be found along the north bank of the Chicago River between State Street and Wabash.

The memorial features the names of more than 2,900 Illinois servicemen killed or missing in action in the Vietnam War; an engraved timeline of significant battles, operations and world events during the Vietnam War years; a waterwall and fountain; and informational plaques.

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Stock Yards Firefighter Memorial

Located on the South Side at the entrance to the old Stock Yards at Exchange & Peoria is where you’ll find the Stock Yards Firefighter Memorial.

On December 22, 1910 a fire occurred at the Chicago Stock Yards which killed 21 Chicago Firefighters. A memorial was held on Monday, December 22, 2008 to commemorate these fallen Firefighters. Chicago Fire Department personnel, Assistant Deputy Fire Commissioner José Santiago, Chicago Firefighters Union Local 2 President Thomas Ryan and Alderman James Balcer saluted the members of the Chicago Fire Department, and laid a wreath at the site in memory of all who have died in the line of duty.