Organizers of an effort to build a new war memorial in Peoria say they're making progress raising money for the monument. Backers say they've collected about $30,000 toward the project. That doesn't include expected contributions from the city and county. Peoria County Clerk Steve Sonnemaker is leading a county committee in charge of designing and building the memorial called "Final Salute." It honors people who served or died in conflicts since World War II. The project's expected to cost about half million dollars. The v-shaped marker will have granite plaques where names will be inscribed. It'll also feature statues of three to five soldiers "on patrol" in the center. Sonnemaker says it'll include at least 100 names of area residents.
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