Gov. Pat Quinn and Columbia College Commemorate September 11
Proclamation of Patriot Day 2013 and National Day of Service and Remembrance Announced with “Portrait of a Soldier” Memorial Exhibition
September 12, 2013
Columbia College Chicago President and CEO Kwang-Wu Kim
welcomed Governor Pat Quinn to campus to honor veterans and Illinois men and women who died in the 9/11 terrorist attack, Iraq, Afghanistan or in combat service to our country since Sept. 11, 2001. The event included the “Portrait of a Soldier” traveling memorial exhibition, which was on display at the campus Conaway Center Sept. 10-11.
Quinn was on campus with student, faculty and staff veterans to proclaim September 11 as Patriot Day across Illinois.
“The ‘Portrait of a Solider’ exhibit is a solemn reminder of the sacrifices made in the name of our state and country,” Gov. Quinn said. “These sketches are a moving tribute to those Illinois citizens who gave their last full measure of devotion to protecting our freedoms.”
Quinn founded the “Portrait of a Soldier” memorial exhibit to honor fallen servicemembers in 2004 after artist Cameron Schilling of Mattoon drew the first portrait of Army Spc. Charles Neeley, of Mattoon, who was killed in Iraq. Schilling then committed to drawing a portrait of every Illinois servicemember who has fallen during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In a joint resolution in December 2001, the U.S. Congress designated September 11 of each year as federal Patriot Day and on Apr. 21, 2009, President Barack Obama signed into law the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which includes language to officially establish September 11 as an annually recognized National Day of Service and Remembrance.
Widespread Illinois media coverage of the event included: WGN-TV, WFLD-TV (FOX) Daily Herald, Peoria Journal Star
, among others.