Legislation Commemorates 75th Anniversary by Setting Nov. 4th as “G.I. Bill of Rights Day”

Veterans Invited to Bill Signing This Sunday, August 12 at State Fair

State Representative John Cavaletto (R-Salem), announced today that the governor will be signing House Bill 4954 into law this Sunday at the Illinois State Fair. This bill commemorates the 75th Anniversary of the meeting at the Luther B. Easley Post 128 in Salem by establishing each November 4th as ‘G.I. Bill of Rights Day’ in Illinois.

“I am very proud of this distinction for our community to remember and celebrate our local influence on the legislation to help our returning soldiers from World War II,” commented Rep. Cavaletto. “The Department of Illinois American Legion recognized Post 128 as the Birthplace of the G.I. Bill of Rights in 1958 and this designation is very fitting on the 75th Anniversary year of that meeting by eight Legion members back in 1943. I want to thank the Salem Historical Commission and the American Legion for bringing this idea to me for consideration.”

The bill signing will be part of the Veterans Day Program on Sunday, August 12th beginning at 12:00 noon at the Rising Star Stage on the State Fairgrounds in Springfield (located near Gate 2, on Central Avenue, between the Fair manager’s house and the Dairy Building – just east of The Shed).

Veterans and their families are admitted to the grounds for free. A veteran’s parade and activities are some of the highlights for the day. Discounted ride passes for families of military veterans. A lunch will follow at 1:00 p.m. and is FREE for veterans and immediate family.

For more information about the activities at the State Fair you may find information online  by clicking here.

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