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posted: 10/2/2012 6:50 PM

Mt. Prospect to welcome new veterans memorial Oct. 6

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  • The new memorial in Lions Park, adjacent to the band shell.

       The new memorial in Lions Park, adjacent to the band shell.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Bill Starr, of Mount Prospect, explains the significance of the memorial with two women who were visiting Lions Park over lunch on Tuesday.

       Bill Starr, of Mount Prospect, explains the significance of the memorial with two women who were visiting Lions Park over lunch on Tuesday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Bill Starr, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, reads a brick on the new veterans memorial. Starr, who served in Vietnam, Bosnia and Kosovo has a brick with his name on it, and is one of several speakers on Saturday.

       Bill Starr, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, reads a brick on the new veterans memorial. Starr, who served in Vietnam, Bosnia and Kosovo has a brick with his name on it, and is one of several speakers on Saturday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

 
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Veterans, Mount Prospect residents and local officials will dedicate the Mount Prospect Veterans Memorial expansion, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.

The site is adjacent to Veterans Memorial Band Shell in Lions Memorial Park. A short program is planned to officially dedicate this new addition to the Mount Prospect community.

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The Mount Prospect Park District, Mount Prospect Parks Foundation, staff, friends, local veterans and community members will dedicate this monument to past, present and future members of the military. The memorial has 25 columns with a limited number of bricks available for purchase to be engraved with a personal message. A star-shaped water fountain is at the center.

The entire site is surrounded by landscaping to provide a serene and peaceful backdrop.

The completion of this memorial is the culmination of work that began in the 1990s with a grass roots fundraising effort to build Veterans Memorial Band Shell. The band shell was dedicated in 1999 with the promise that it would be expanded at some future date.

For information on the dedication, call (847) 255-5380.

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