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Aledo in Mercer County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Roosevelt Military Academy / Rough Riders

 
 
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By Thomas Smith
1. Roosevelt Military Academy / Rough Riders Marker
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This monument commemorates Roosevelt Military Academy and 3,059 cadets who attended the school from 1931-1973. The academy was named after our 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt, recipient of the Noble Peace Prize and Congressional Medal of Honor. The cadets were call the " Rough Riders" in honor of President Roosevelt, who epitomized the qualities of courage, passion, conservative progressivism, valor and patriotism. Special thanks are reserved to those cadets who served our country, and to the residents of Aledo and all of Mercer County for embracing the cadets during their stay.

USS Theodore Roosevelt - CVN71 Nimitz Class nuclear super carrier known by the crew members as "The Big Stick". Her pilot's radio call sign is "Rough Rider". "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far". Theodore Roosevelt.

The Teddy Roosevelt Oak Tree. This tree was donated to Roosevelt Military Academy by Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt from the family's Sagamore estate at Oyster Bay, New York to commemorate the President's 80 birthday. The tree was planted and dedicated by the school's November 5, 1938 homecoming.

Location 41.12'27.1044"

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By Thomas Smith, April 13, 2021
2. Roosevelt Military Academy / Rough Riders Marker
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'Character, in the long run, is the decisive fact in the life of an individual and of nations alike.' Theodore Roosevelt
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationWar, Spanish-AmericanWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #26 Theodore Roosevelt, and the Medal of Honor Recipients series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is November 5, 1938.
 
Location. 41° 11.98′ N, 90° 44.929′ W. Marker is in Aledo, Illinois, in Mercer County. Marker is at the intersection of South College Avenue (Illinois Route 94) and Southeast 3rd Street (Illinois Route 94), on the left when traveling north on South College Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 SE 3rd St, Aledo IL 61231, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dedicated in Memory of Spec 4 Timothy Joe McGreight (here, next to this marker); Lest We Forget (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Aledo, Illinois (approx. 0.2 miles away); Women's Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Roosevelt Military Academy World War II Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mercer County Soldiers' Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Roosevelt Oak (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Aledo.

 
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By Thomas Smith, April 13, 2021
3. Roosevelt Military Academy / Rough Riders Marker
Roosevelt Military Academy / Rough Riders Marker image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Smith, April 13, 2021
4. Roosevelt Military Academy / Rough Riders Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 17, 2021, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 19, 2021, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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