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Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD - A memorial in Springfield honoring Illinois' World War II veterans could soon get an addition.

Members of the World War II Illinois Veterans Memorial Committee have decided to raise money for a new monument dedicated to the state's 22,000 soldiers who were killed in action during the war, said John Carrigan, president of the memorial's board of directors.

The monument will be placed in front of the existing memorial's plaza at Oak Ridge Cemetery, near the American flag, Carrigan said.

The group has already contacted architect Jeff Poss of the University of Illinois-Champaign, who designed the veterans' memorial. He said the new monument would be made of black granite and shaped like a cube, measuring 7 feet by 7 feet and standing about 4 feet tall.

"We want something that would contrast with the round globe," said Carrigan, referring to the large globe sculpture already in the plaza.

A cost for the addition has not been determined, but it could run up to $200,000, officials said. Money for the project will come from the sale of memorial bricks.

About 987,000 Illinoisans served in World War II. The $1.5 million veterans' memorial was dedicated in December 2004.

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World War II Illinois Veterans Memorial: http://www.springfield-il/ww2Memorial/index.php

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