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Shelbyville in Shelby County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Freedom Square

 
 
Freedom Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, August 31, 2008
1. Freedom Square Marker
An eternal flame sits on top of this three foot high black granite base, and faces the Shelby County Courthouse.
Inscription.
May this site of "Freedom Square" be an eternal remembrance of those Shelby County Veterans who served and sacrificed that all people might live in a world of peace and freedom.

[Left of the inscription, etching of General MacArthur walking ashore.]
America's General MacArthur
Shelbyville's Augie West
Phillipines - January 9, 1945

[Right of the inscription, etching of the flag raising on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima]

 
Erected 2002.
 
Location. 39° 24.398′ N, 88° 47.44′ W. Marker is in Shelbyville, Illinois, in Shelby County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street and South Washington Street, on the left when traveling west on East Main Street. Touch for map. Across the street from the Court House. Marker is in this post office area: Shelbyville IL 62565, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Soldiers and Sailors Monument (here, next to this marker); Lincoln-Thornton Debate / Lincoln Circuit (a few steps from this marker); First Commercial Pick-up Baler (a few steps from this marker); Abraham Lincoln - Eighth Judicial District
Shelby County War Memorial and Freedom Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, August 31, 2008
2. Shelby County War Memorial and Freedom Square Marker
(a few steps from this marker); " Let's Debate " by John McClarey (within shouting distance of this marker); Lincoln - Thornton Debate (within shouting distance of this marker); Anthony Thornton (within shouting distance of this marker); Traveling the Circuit (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shelbyville.
 
More about this marker. On July 3, 2002 this monument, housing an eternal flame, was dedicated as an "eternal" remembrance of Shelby County veterans, living and dead, and their valiant sacrifices for freedom. The left side of the monument originally had an inscription which said "Thank you vets" which was replaced with the Augie West inscription.
 
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Photo Up-Date 2010 - - Full View - Freedom Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, May 15, 2010
3. Photo Up-Date 2010 - - Full View - Freedom Square Marker
Photo Up-Date 2010 - - Left Section - Freedom Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, May 15, 2010
4. Photo Up-Date 2010 - - Left Section - Freedom Square Marker
Photo Up-Date 2010 - - Right Section - Freedom Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, May 15, 2010
5. Photo Up-Date 2010 - - Right Section - Freedom Square Marker
Photo Up-Date 2010 - - Center Section - Freedom Square Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Wolf, May 15, 2010
6. Photo Up-Date 2010 - - Center Section - Freedom Square Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 9, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,092 times since then and 30 times this year. Last updated on February 19, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 6, 2008, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.   3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 21, 2010, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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