On June 6, the 70th anniversary of D-day, Kaskaskia College hosted a gathering to dedicate the Veterans Tribute on the main campus near Centralia.
Constituent parts of the Tribute were dedicated and named. The walls, on which 25,000 names of area veterans and their branch of service are currently displayed in black granite, were named the Kaskaskia College Board of Trustees Veterans Wall, The Frank and Katherine Beasley Veterans Wall, The Dr. Dee Boswell Veterans Wall, and the Travis Henson and Craig Roper Veterans Wall.
Kaskaskia College officials say the Tribute as a whole was dedicated to the person who envisioned it and worked tirelessly to see it come to fruition. Visitors to the Tribute will see, at the entrance, a granite slab that reads “The Jim Beasley Veterans Tribute at Kaskaskia College.”
Kaskaskia College President Dr. Jim Underwood pointed out that in the audience was Mr. Scotty Mistlehorn, a World War II veteran who not only took part in the D-day invasion, but also fought in the Pacific theater.
Jim Beasley was the final speaker of the ceremony. He expressed gratitude to all of those who helped bring the Tribute that bears his name to fruition, and spoke on the historical significance of the day and the honor due to all American veterans.
The ceremony marked the completion of Phase 1 of the Tribute, with a Phase 2 and Phase 3 being planned and with funds currently being raised.
For more information on the Jim Beasley Veterans Tribute, visit ww.veteranstributeatkc.com, visit their Facebook page Veterans Tribute at Kaskaskia College, or contact Travis Henson at 618-545-3177 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Names to be added to the next phase’s walls and donations for the Tribute are being accepted, including brick pavers that surround the Eagle sculpture on the Warrior’s Court.