Pictures from our Dedication and Ribbon Cutting
on September 28, 2013


Photos courtesy James Harvey Photography

Dedication of Lao Veterans Memorial Planned
for Elgin Veterans Memorial Park

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Proposed memorial in Elgin to mark Lao veterans' place in history

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Laotian war vets seek monument in Elgin

Contributions to the Lao veteran’s memorial may be sent to:
Elgin Community Network
P.O. Box 6520
Elgin IL  60121

Donations may also be made online by clicking on the “Donate” button below.
All will be graciously acknowledged.

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Construction photos.

About Us:

Phase II Committee from left, Wally Wetzel, Jerry Turnquist, Ray Chelmowski, Keith Farnham, Erbie Broadnax, Elinor Richoz,Pat Porter, Walter Porter, Brian McClure, Lee Barrett, Richard Dunne, not pictured Kim Toth.

We are a group of veterans and citizens, working in cooperation with the city of Elgin to build a waterfront access or “Phase II” to the Elgin Veterans Memorial Park adjacent to the Gail Borden Public Library. Read More About Us

We began our efforts in the spring of 2011 and have now collected nearly $90,000. We continue to accept donations for this project with any additional money dedicated to enhancement and maintenance of the Veterans Memorial.

Our Story:
The city of Elgin dedicated a very special tribute to the city’s veterans in 2008 with the opening of the $750,000 Elgin Veterans Memorial Park. While there are various tributes scattered throughout the community to honor those who has served during specific time periods, this Memorial was deigned to honor all veterans who had served during both peacetime and in war.

Attendance at the new Memorial has grown dramatically especially during holidays such as Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Unfortunately, floral tributes into the Fox River during these ceremonies, has become a rather undignified event because of the undeveloped shoreline.

Our proposed addition will greatly improve waterfront services and the new addition will stand as a year round tribute to veterans interred at sea. We also hope to add interpretative signage to help visitors better understand the role of veterans in our community.

Our Thanks:
The success of this project was made possible by over 700 people throughout the community who purchased one of our “Supporter” pins. Many others have donated larger amounts including some who have given $5000 and more to purchase naming rights to one of the small gardens. Click here to view the donor slideshow.

What's Next?
Along with city officials, we are working with the city of Elgin, Hitchcock Design Group and SMC, Inc. to move the project forward. We hope for a dedication sometime in 2013!

We made it! A picture from our groundbreaking on Veterans Day '12

The major donors to the Elgin Veterans Memorial Park “Phase II” project join Mayor Kaptain in the groundbreaking for the memorial addition on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2012. Pictured from left are Don Laird from Laird Funeral Homes, Nancy Anderson, Heather Zoldak of the Elgin Breakfast Rotary Club, Harry Meadows, Bonnie Emberton of the Harvey & Ethel Daeumer Foundation, Tom Fordonski of John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc., Elinor Richoz, and Mayor David Kaptain. Photo by James Harvey.

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Buy a Pin
Buy a supporter pin for $5.00. Pins are available at:
• Elgin Ziegler Ace Hardware stores
• Ray’s Family Restaurant, 801 St. Charles St., Elgin
• State Street Market, 701 N. State St., Elgin
• Books at Sunset, 1100 South St., Elgin
• Ralph's Barber Shop, 746 W. Chicago St., Elgin
• THE National Bank, 3151 U.S. Highway 20, Elgin
• Phase II committee members listed at left

Make a Donation
PayPal (click the Donate button below)

Please Note: The donation page will show Elgin Community Network at the top of the page.

Send a Check
Contributions should be made to:
“Elgin Community Network” Phase II Fund
P.O. Box 6520, Elgin, IL 60121

Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law and will be promptly acknowledged by a letter.

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Photos of Veterans Memorial Park, donations and fundraisers.
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The planned addition will extend the Memorial Park 25 feet to the riverfront allowing for more dignified floral tributes instead of ones like this. The "Phase II" project will also stand as a year round tribute to veterans interred at sea.

This addition will allow for a proper water ceremony including the strewing of wreaths and flowers into the Fox River to pay the proper respects to deceased veteran who have served at sea. (Please enable javascript in your web browser to view the photos.)

Images courtesy of Hitchcock Design Group
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