Welcome to the Ellsworth Memorial Association for Wounded Veterans

"You cannot choose your battlefield,
God does that for you;
But you can plant a standard,
Where a standard never flew.
"

- Nathalia Crane

Purple HeartThe EMA Committee and Board are pleased that you are considering a donation to our unique Memorial that links the ultimate sacrifice of a local American Military Hero to Living Wounded Veterans. Fifty per cent (50%) of your donation will be used in building and completing the Memorial … Fifty per cent (50%) will support Wounded Veterans and their families.

The proposed plan and vision for the Memorial includes a half-acre site architecturally landscaped so that it is accessible to the public and pleasing to the eye. In addition to grace and form, the design will facilitate visits by handicapped veterans and families with the ultimate goal of providing all visitors with a sense of quietude and lasting respect for the military ideals, tradition, and sacrifice of citizen-soldiers. Unlike many traditional military memorial sites, the EMA design will focus on the landscape with appropriate reliefs and inscriptions placed to enhance a visitor’s experience. There will be no standing soldier monuments. The vision of the memorial is to educate and provide a lasting impression of the sacrifice of our Wounded Veterans, past and present.

Our Committee has chosen Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth, a local Civil War hero (please see supporting tabs above), to be tied directly to the living legacy of our Wounded Veterans in order to reinforce the continuum of sacrifice of past, present, and future wounded veterans. As a Chicagoan, friend of the Lincoln family, and the Union’s first mortally wounded officer of the Civil War, Ellsworth’s ultimate sacrifice has preserved his own legacy, a fitting tribute to America’s Wounded Veterans.

One of the many educational inscriptions at the Wounded Veterans Memorial Site will read.

THIS SITE IS DEDICATED TO
TO AMERICA’S WOUNDED VETERANS
WHOSE SPIRIT, ZEAL AND SELF SACRIFICE
HAVE PROTECTED OUR CONSTITUTION AND PRESERVED OUR FREEDOM
FOR GENERATIONS TO COME

The committee has selected several prominent locations near Lake Shore Drive that are easily accessible to Veterans and their families. As is the case for the National Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C., we trust that the completed project will not only complement the beauty of surrounding topography, but will also draw visitors new and old to a place of solitude where military tradition and sacrifice can engage and endure.

Our Chairman and Secretary will continue round-table discussions with key project consultants in order to secure the site and complete the project. Designs for the memorial will be reviewed in 2013 with a final selection by January 1, 2014. Completion and Dedication of the EMA Memorial for Wounded Veterans is targeted for Spring, 2015.

Please see our DONATION tab for further details. Thank you in advance for all that you can do.

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

  • John W. Huelskamp, Founder and Chairman
  • Maggie Thomas, Secretary and Chief Correspondent
  • Krista August, Architectural and Monuments Historian and Author
  • Rob Girardi, Civil War Author and Historian, Chicago
  • Jeffrey J. Huelskamp, J.D., University of Chicago Law School, Consultant
  • Jennifer M. Keber, J.D., Northwestern Law, First Donor and Consultant
  • Timothy J. Huelskamp, VP, American Capital, Consultant

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Larry Brockway, Chardon, OH
  • Charles Burns, Hoffman Estates, IL
  • Terry Conroy, Columbia, SC
  • Len Homan, Pompano Beach, FL
  • Paul Homan, Washington DC
  • Mark Huelskamp, Bloomingdale, IL
  • Jeff Huguelet, Chicago, IL
  • Jeff McGinnis, North Barrington, IL
  • Larry Potash, Lake Forest, IL
  • Joseph Sullivan, Wilmette, IL
  • Mark Tygard, Leawood, KS