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The City of Grafton, Illinois established a Veteran’s Commission in December 2022 with the mission to explore opportunities to honor our veterans. The purpose of the Veteran’s Commission is to establish and oversee the Veterans Memorial from design through construction.

The vision of the Grafton War Memorial Commission is to oversee the creation of a first-class Veteran’s Memorial Complex, including a museum, that honors our veterans and increases public awareness of the United States Armed Forces.

The Memorial will be set against the limestone bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. The centerpiece of this Memorial will be a life-sized WWII reproduction of the U. S. Army Rangers climbing the Pointe Du Hoc cliffs on Omaha Beach as part of the initial D-Day landings.

The Core Values that underlie the Commission’s trust are:

  • Honor Veterans with Respect and Gratitude
  • Never Forget with an Awareness of History
  • Cultivate Unity through Support and Inclusion
  • Foster Courage through Freedom and Commitment

Grafton IL is located on the Great River Road that follows the Mississippi River.

Our Team

Our team is the heart of our success. Comprised of dedicated professionals with diverse backgrounds and extensive expertise, our team brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to this exciting project. Each member is committed to delivering excellence, innovation, and  solutions to building the National Memorial. From our creative thinkers and strategists to our technical experts and customer service champions, we work collaboratively to ensure the highest standards of quality and satisfaction.

NMMA President - Co-Chair

Col (Ret.) Michael Morrow

Mayor, Grafton, IL.

NMMA - Co-Chair

John Simmons

CEO Simmons Hanly Conroy

NMMA treasurer

Mr. Don Chamberlin, CFEd, CFEI

CEO Chamberlin Group

Tax and Wealth Planners

NMMA Secretary

Mrs. Brittney Weber

Secretary, Auxiliary, American Legion Post #648

Code Administrator, Grafton, IL

NMMA Member

Brigadier General (ret.) John Michael

President Food Is Love NFP

Food Missionary

NMMA Member

Mr. Ben Goetten

Jersey County State’s Attorney

NMMA Member

Dr. Jennifer Capler

Navy Veteran

Founder of DM Woman

City Clerk, Grafton, IL.

NMMA Member

Mr. Tom Woelfel

Vietnam Veteran,

Former Police Chief, Jerseyville, IL

NMMA Member

Mr. Dan Bechtold

Vietnam Veteran

Owner Knotty by Nature
Lumber, Grafton, IL.

NMMA Member

Mrs. Jacqueline Duty

Marketing Director

Publisher -Collinsville Daily News