Dedication Event

On June 14, 2023, the City of Peoria officially recognized the Peoria Freedom & Remembrance Memorial, concluding eight years of effort to ensure that those who rest still at the Old Moffatt Cemetery are “forgotten no more”.

Click on the sections of the program from the event below to hear audio of their remarks and read a transcription.

Thank you to everyone who spoke, participated, and attended!

Many thanks to WCBU-FM 89.9 for audio of the remarks and a transcription.

For photos of the day, please see this Facebook gallery, courtesy of the City of Peoria.

Program as Presented

Call to OrderColleen Johnson – MC
Posting of the Colors                     City of Peoria Firefighters Color Guard
Pledge of Allegiance, Welcome, and Opening RemarksCity of Peoria Mayor Rita Ali
Keynote RemarksIllinois Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton
Acknowledge Special Guests, Sponsors, & Project TeamColleen Johnson, MC
Peoria and CommunityDenise Jackson, 1st Dist. Council Member
State and NationalCharles Stanley, ISHS Board Member and Markers Committee Chairman
Forgotten PeoriansBob Hoffer, Local History Enthusiast
The 52 VeteransJoe Hutchinson, SUVCW Officer and Genealogist
Nance Legins-CostleyCarl Adams, Lincoln Historian, Author
Closing Comments,
Moment of Silent Reflection
Rev. Marvin Hightower, Pres. Peoria NAACP
Battle Hymn of the RepublicSherry Carter-Allen, Vocal Artist 
Amazing Grace Kevin Nickerson, Bagpipes Artist
Retiring of the ColorsPeoria American Legion Post 2 Color Guard
Historical Honor GuardCapt. Zeally Moss Chapter National Society Sons of the American Revolution
Note of Thanks and Invitation to Visit the MemorialColleen Johnson, MC