Eternal Flame in Chicago

Photo of Eternal Flame in Chicago, Illinois
Photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation
Photo of Eternal Flame in Chicago, Illinois
photograph © Wayne Lorentz/Artefaqs Corporation

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Eternal Flame

Daley Plaza, Chicago, Illinois, The Loop 60601
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One of Chicago's most centrally located monuments is also one of its least seen. The city's Eternal Flame keeps a low-profile, both literally and figuratively, even though it is right on Daley Plaza. It seems that more pigeons than people know about it, as thousands of pedestrians rush by while our winged friends huddle nearby for warmth. The monument is a single flame burning natural gas that is surrounded by a bronze plate (discolored from the flame). It is dedicated to all those who served, and especially those who died, in the armed forces of the United States.

Quick Facts
    The flame was lit on August 22, 1972 by Albina Nance, who was then president of the Illinois Gold Star Mothers -- an organization of the mothers of fallen service members.
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