Memorials  are voiceless, often wordless, yet most recognize what the flowers and crosses mean. They rest on roadsides and stand next to train tracks. They lay in public parks and sit along rivers. Memorials are memories for loved ones and quiet warnings to strangers. These handcrafted monuments to the dead often remain for years. Some become gathering places for those touched by the loss they represent, and others slowly disintegrate with age. Memorials remain stationary as the living move around them, and onward in their lives.

 

Humboldt Park in Chicago, IL

Lone Wolf, Oklahoma

Found outside a dairy cow feedlot somewhere in central California.

Ghost bike underneath the Kennedy Expressway bridge on Division Avenue in Chicago. 04/13/2016

38 and Meredith Road. October 29, 2015.

Jenny

Jenny

38 and Meredith Road. October 29, 2015.

Brandi

Brandi

Route 38. October 29, 2015.

38 and Meredith Road. October 29, 2015.

Eric Fredenburg

Eric Fredenburg

Route 47 and 72 in Pingree Grove, Illinois.

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One of two memorials along Fabyan Parkway in Geneva, Illinois.

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One of two memorials along Fabyan Parkway in Geneva, Illinois.

Angela M. Tedesco

Angela M. Tedesco

Kirk Road and Division Street in Geneva, Illinois on April 30, 2015.

Sergeant Daniel Figgins

Sergeant Daniel Figgins

Along Kirk Road in St. Charles, Illinois.

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Unknown

Another Route 47 memorial heading towards Elburn, Illinois. June 4, 2015.

Michael Werrbach

Michael Werrbach

A Memorial along Plank Road in Elgin, IL. 08/17/15.

Angela Marie

Angela Marie

Memorial at the junction of Plank Road and Route 20 in Elgin, IL. 08/17/15

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A service road outside of Cheyenne, WY. June 2014.

Wade and Denise

Wade and Denise

Route 47 in Elburn, Illinois. November 18, 2014.

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Silver Glen Rd. Somewhere on the way to Elburn, IL. October 23, 2014.

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Unknown

Golf Road in Elgin, IL. November 13, 2014.

Liza Whitacre

Liza Whitacre

On the corner of Wellington and Damen in Roscoe Village—Chicago, IL

Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain

The make shift memorial next to his former residence in Seattle, WA. September 2014.

Mikias T. Tibebu

Mikias T. Tibebu

Schaumburg Road and Branchwood Drive in Schaumburg, IL

Diana Adalina Ramirez Moran

Diana Adalina Ramirez Moran

Route 47 in Huntley, IL

Martin Baureis

Martin Baureis

Route 72 in unincorporated Rutland Township, IL

Ryan Martin

Ryan Martin

Route 23 in Sycamore, IL

Hadessa Flora

Hadessa Flora

Route 25 and Banbury Road in Batavia, IL

Tim

Tim

Randall Road in Batavia, IL

Cory R. McIllvaine

Cory R. McIllvaine

Route 25 in Wayne, IL

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Unknown

In front of Sky Soaring Airport on Route 20 in Hampshire, IL

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Unknown

Dundee Avenue in Elgin, IL

Daniela Gomez

Daniela Gomez

Route 176 and Millstream Road in Seneca, IL

Martin Baureis

Martin Baureis

Route 72-Unincorporated Rutland Township, IL

Mikias T. Tibebu

Mikias T. Tibebu

Schaumburg, IL

Abigail Villalpando

Abigail Villalpando

Montgomery, IL

Abigail Villalpando

Abigail Villalpando

Montgomery, IL

Reginald

Reginald

Chicago, IL

Michael Wojciechowski.

Michael Wojciechowski.

Bartlett, IL

Ramiro Dominguez

Ramiro Dominguez

Bartlett, IL

Patricia Henneken

Patricia Henneken

Hoffman Estates, IL

Unknown

Unknown

Elgin, IL

Unknown

Unknown

Elgin, IL

Tyler James Fabek

Tyler James Fabek

Chicago, IL

Reginald

Reginald

Chicago, IL

Martha Gonzalez

Martha Gonzalez

Chicago, IL

Roberto C. Hernandez

Roberto C. Hernandez

Elgin, IL

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