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La Grange Park to honor veterans with memorial

Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 3:47 p.m.CST

LA GRANGE PARK – A veterans’ memorial is coming to Memorial Park.

The Community Park District of La Grange Park will kick off a fundraising effort July 4 for an curved, 7-foot memorial wall at the northeast corner of the park, near Sherwood and Oak streets. The brick wall will feature text honoring veterans and carved representations of the medallions given by each of the five branches of the U.S. military.

“The concept is to honor all past, present and future veterans,” said Roy Cripe, the park district’s executive director. “Its not a war memorial; its a veterans’ memorial. It will [also] give us the opportunity to highlight [veterans] who have lived or are living in La Grange Park.”

Oswego-based LandTech will create the memorial, and more than 90 percent of its costs will come from donations. The site will include a brick patio, benches and flower boxes people can fill with their own flowers. A donor’s wall will recognize major fundraisers.

The park district is working to acquire a grant that would enable separate improvements this summer, including a new picnic shelter with indoor plumbing to replace an existing building that does not meet accessibility requirements and is about to fall in, Cripe said.

There are also plans to improve an area on top of a hill overlooking the amphitheater at the southwest corner of the park. Cripe said the area is ideal for hosting festivals, art shows and farmer’s markets, and he hopes to give it “a little Ravinia kind of feeling,” referring to the outdoor music festival in Highland Park.

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