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Chief Warrant Officer 4 Mark Hebenstreit of Springfield, Illinois (right) stands with Col. Joseph Schweikert of Peoria, Illinois (left) after being presented the Army Commendation Medal for his service and contributions during National Guard Association of the United States’ 2014 conference in Illinois. (Courtesy photo) Chief Warrant Officer 4 Mark Hebenstreit of Springfield, Illinois (right) stands with Col. Joseph Schweikert of Peoria, Illinois (left) after being presented the Army Commendation Medal for his service and contributions during National Guard Association of the United States’ 2014 conference in Illinois. (Courtesy photo)

Gold Star family members of the 34 fallen Illinois National Guardsmen killed in Operation Iraqi and Operation Enduring Freedom placed yellow roses at the base of the fallen hero’s memorial May 3 during a ceremony at the Illinois State Military Museum on Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois. Gold Star family members of the 34 fallen Illinois National Guardsmen killed in Operation Iraqi and Operation Enduring Freedom placed yellow roses at the base of the fallen hero’s memorial May 3 during a ceremony at the Illinois State Military Museum on Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois.

Governor Rauner speaks to the Gold Star Families members May 3 at the Illinois State Military Museum at Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois during a ceremony honoring the 34 fallen Illinois National Guardsmen killed in Operation Iraqi and Operation Enduring Freedom. Governor Rauner speaks to the Gold Star Families members May 3 at the Illinois State Military Museum at Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois during a ceremony honoring the 34 fallen Illinois National Guardsmen killed in Operation Iraqi and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Maj. Gen. Daniel Krumrei, the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard places a wreath at the fallen hero’s memorial at the Illinois State Military Museum on Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois May 3 on behalf of the Illinois National Guard while all Soldiers present rendered a salute honoring the 34 fallen Illinois National Guardsmen and their families. Maj. Gen. Daniel Krumrei, the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard places a wreath at the fallen hero’s memorial at the Illinois State Military Museum on Camp Lincoln, Springfield, Illinois May 3 on behalf of the Illinois National Guard while all Soldiers present rendered a salute honoring the 34 fallen Illinois National Guardsmen and their families.

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Christopher Arnold of Auburn, Illinois (left), stands with Maj. Gen. Daniel M. Krumrei of Springfield, Illinois, the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard (ILNG) (right) after being presented with the Army’s Meritorious Service Medal for his dedication and service to the ILNG. Arnold was part of a group of four Soldiers presented the honor May 3 at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Spreitzer, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Chief Warrant Officer 3 Christopher Arnold of Auburn, Illinois (left), stands with Maj. Gen. Daniel M. Krumrei of Springfield, Illinois, the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard (ILNG) (right) after being presented with the Army’s Meritorious Service Medal for his dedication and service to the ILNG. Arnold was part of a group of four Soldiers presented the honor May 3 at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Spreitzer, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs)

Maj. Jerome Benton of New London, Missouri (left), stands with Maj. Gen. Daniel M. Krumrei of Springfield, Illinois, the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard (ILNG) (right) after being presented with the Army’s Meritorious Service Medal for his dedication and service to the ILNG. Benton was part of a group of four Soldiers presented the honor May 3 at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Spreitzer, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Maj. Jerome Benton of New London, Missouri (left), stands with Maj. Gen. Daniel M. Krumrei of Springfield, Illinois, the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard (ILNG) (right) after being presented with the Army’s Meritorious Service Medal for his dedication and service to the ILNG. Benton was part of a group of four Soldiers presented the honor May 3 at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Spreitzer, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs)

Lt. Col. John Huseman of La Grange Park, Illinois (left), stands with Maj. Gen. Daniel M. Krumrei of Springfield, Illinois, the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard (ILNG) (right) after being presented with the Army’s Meritorious Service Medal for his dedication and service to the ILNG. Huseman was part of a group of four Soldiers presented the honor May 3 at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Spreitzer, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Lt. Col. John Huseman of La Grange Park, Illinois (left), stands with Maj. Gen. Daniel M. Krumrei of Springfield, Illinois, the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard (ILNG) (right) after being presented with the Army’s Meritorious Service Medal for his dedication and service to the ILNG. Huseman was part of a group of four Soldiers presented the honor May 3 at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Spreitzer, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs)

Lt. Col. Thomas Downey of Carbondale, Illinois (left), stands with Maj. Gen. Daniel M. Krumrei of Springfield, Illinois, the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard (ILNG) (right) after being presented with the Army’s Meritorious Service Medal for his dedication and service to the ILNG. Downey was part of a group of four Soldiers presented the honor May 3 at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Spreitzer, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs) Lt. Col. Thomas Downey of Carbondale, Illinois (left), stands with Maj. Gen. Daniel M. Krumrei of Springfield, Illinois, the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard (ILNG) (right) after being presented with the Army’s Meritorious Service Medal for his dedication and service to the ILNG. Downey was part of a group of four Soldiers presented the honor May 3 at Camp Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Spreitzer, Illinois National Guard Public Affairs)

Members of the Lincoln’s Challenge Academy give directions to people entering Lincoln Park, Springfield, Illinois May 3 for the Lincoln Re-Enactment events taking place throughout the park. Members of the Lincoln’s Challenge Academy give directions to people entering Lincoln Park, Springfield, Illinois May 3 for the Lincoln Re-Enactment events taking place throughout the park.

Maj. Gen. Daniel Krumrei, the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard, delivers a speech during the opening ceremonies for the Abraham Lincoln Re-Enactment May 2 in downtown Springfield, Illinois highlighting the military service of Abraham Lincoln and how Lincoln’s image is a symbol of freedom to Americans. Maj. Gen. Daniel Krumrei, the Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard, delivers a speech during the opening ceremonies for the Abraham Lincoln Re-Enactment May 2 in downtown Springfield, Illinois highlighting the military service of Abraham Lincoln and how Lincoln’s image is a symbol of freedom to Americans.

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