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Operation LOVE


Symonds-Madison Funeral Home launched Operation LOVE in February 2020, a project to connect volunteers with local veterans in need.

The project was inspired by the outpouring of support at the January 29, 2020 funeral for Elgin “unclaimed veteran” John James Murphy. Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral service and interment at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.

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The mission of Operation LOVE is to HONOR “unclaimed” veterans at their funerals, CONNECT volunteers with Elgin area veterans in need, and STRENGTHEN existing Elgin area veterans’ service organizations by promoting their events, volunteer opportunities and fundraisers.

Veterans and civilians alike are encouraged to participate. The LOVE in Operation LOVE is an acronym for “Love Our Veterans Elgin.”

Operation LOVE volunteers will participate in future community funerals for “unclaimed veterans” held at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. Volunteers will also be connected with local opportunities to serve our veterans and support nonprofits that serve our veterans.

Disclaimer: The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.

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Join Us

If you would like to join Operation LOVE, please join our official Facebook Group, “Operation LOVE (Love Our Veterans Elgin)”, accessible at, for updates and volunteer opportunities.

Join our email list to keep up on Operation LOVE volunteer activities and events. Click here to sign-up.

If you know of an Elgin area veteran’s organization or business that serves local veterans and needs volunteers, please tell them about Operation LOVE and encourage them to contact Symonds-Madison Funeral Home by calling 847-741-1128.

Check out our Media section for some very special news coverage of Operation LOVE and our presence in the community.

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