This monument honors the hundreds of volunteers who met 1.5 million World War II soldiers and sailors on troop trains at the Santa Fe station, serving them coffee and sandwiches as their trains passed through. Often, it was the first snack and friendly face the troops had seen since their train ride began. The canteen opened less than two years after America's involvement in the war began, often serving thousands in a day and drawing volunteers from throughout Central Illinois.
Streator WWII Canteen Monument
Santa Fe Burlington Northern Depot
North Illinois St
Streator, Il 61364