The Memorials Program is one of the 16th Infantry Regiment Association’s oldest programs. Instituted by Colonel (Retired) Gerald “Jerry” K. Griffin, a Founder and former President and HCOR, the program has enabled the Association to place historical plaques, markers, and monuments dedicated to the regiment’s history and accomplishments, literally around the world. To date, the Association has emplaced at least 9 of these markers at locations in the United States, England, and France.
In addtion to many more locations here in the U.S., the Association’s long term goals are to set up monuments in the Philippines, Cuba, Mexico, Belgium, Germany, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan dedicated to the regiment’s Soldiers who have served, and many times died, in those locations.
The 16th Infantry Regiment Association has several key anniversary events planned over the next few years. These include the 50th Anniversary events for Vietnam and the 100th Anniversary events for World War I. Two events will take place in 2017. These are the dedication of a plaque commemorating 16th Infantry Medal of Honor recipient SSG James Robinson in Westmont, IL. The date and time of that event is yet to be determined. The second event will be the dedication of a plaque commemorating the first 3 American soldiers killed in World War I. The plaque will be mounted on the home of Corp. James B Gresham in Evansville, IN, and will take place on 3 November 2017.