LGBT Veterans to Get Their First Federally Approved Monument

A monument dedicated to LGBT veterans will be unveiled in a national cemetery near Chicago on Memorial Day, in a celebration of the first federally approved monument to LGBT veterans.
A black granite slab flanked by two blocks of pale granite, the monument will feature the five seals of the military’s main branches – the army, navy, marine corps, coast guard and air force – as well as the the emblem of the merchant marines.
The memorial was planned by the Chicago chapter of the American Veterans for Equal Rights (Aver) and approved in November by the acting undersecretary of memorial affairs for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Robert Walters. Cemetery office supervisor Lynne Phelan said it is, to the best of her knowledge, the first such approved monument.
The monument will also include an etching that reads: “Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people have served honorably and admirably in America’s armed forces. In their memory and appreciation of their selfless service and sacrifice this monument was dedicated.”