With a fundraising goal of $20,000, the Chicago Chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights ( AVER ) is moving forward with an LGBT-themed monument now under construction for installation in the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in May.
The monument will consist of a black granite centerblock holding a pink granite triangle, centered in a pink granite wall displaying, in bronze, the service seals of the the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines.
It will be inscribed with the words, "Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people have served honorably and admirably in America's armed forces. In their memory and appreciation of their selfless service and sacrifice, this monument was dedicated by Chicago Chapter American Veterans for Equal Rights 'AVER' ( … with liberty and justice for all )."
Donations will be accepted through Feb. 13 at www.indiegogo.com/projects/lgbt-american-veterans-for-equal-rights-monument or through March via check payable to: to American Veterans for Equal Rights, P.O. Box 29317, Chicago, IL 60629. AVER is a 501( c )( 3 ) non-profit organization.
Earlier coverage at the link: www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/LGBT-vet-monument-planned-for-Abraham-Lincoln-cemetery/49586.html .