Tuesday, 26 May 2015 22:51

The First Monument Honoring Gay And Lesbian Veterans Was Inaugurated At The Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery In Elwood

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Today, in the United-States, is Memorial Day, the day we celebrate both the veterans and all those who gave their lives for their country.

It is the opportunity for us to celebrate those who were part of the LGBT community. And today, for the first time, a monument dedicated to them was inaugurated.

The federal government has indeed approved the establishment of a memorial monument honoring gay and lesbian veterans at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois.

«I love this nation more than anything,» Stanley Jenczyk, a Vietnam War Navy veteran and member of the Chicago chapter of American Veterans for Equal Rights, who spearheaded the effort during the past four years to get approval for the monument, told Fox 32 News.

«Our organization, AVER, worked very hard to make sure that the LGBT community is placed in the most holy place in American soil, that is a national Cemetery,» Jenczyk said.

Photo credits: FOX 32 News