Illinois House recognizes Victory Arch centennial
A landmark in the town of Dixon that pays tribute to World War I veterans was itself the focal point of a tribute from members of the Illinois House of Representatives.
The House last week recognized the centennial of the Dixon Memorial Arch through an honorary resolution, according to a press release from the office of state Rep. Tom Demmer (R-Dixon). Also known as the “Victory Arch,” the memorial was built in 1919 to honor Lee County servicemen returning from the First World War.
Victory Arch was originally built as a temporary structure made of wood, and over the years, underwent several changes before taking on its current form in 1985. Considered a Dixon mainstay, the lighted arch on Galena Avenue welcomes travelers and visitors who pass beneath it.
Demmer, who was born in Dixon, said the arch was significant to his hometown’s history.
“I was proud to sponsor a resolution that pays tribute to such an important part of Dixon’s history,” he said in the press release.
Attendees of a Founders Day Program on April 11 had an opportunity to learn about the history of the arch at the Northwest Territory Historic Center located at 205 W. 5th St.