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McHenry County honors Purple Heart recipients with monument

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  • Guest speaker and Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Alan J. Lynch of Gurnee addresses the crowd gathered Thursday for the dedication of the monument to all Purple Heart recipients in McHenry County.

       Guest speaker and Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Alan J. Lynch of Gurnee addresses the crowd gathered Thursday for the dedication of the monument to all Purple Heart recipients in McHenry County.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • The McHenry County Marine Corps League dedicated the monument, which includes three flagpoles and stands outside the McHenry County Courthouse in Woodstock.

       The McHenry County Marine Corps League dedicated the monument, which includes three flagpoles and stands outside the McHenry County Courthouse in Woodstock.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Retired Marine Corporal Richard W. Young of Woodstock and his wife, Monica, spearheaded the effort to complete the monument to Purple Heart recipients of McHenry County.

       Retired Marine Corporal Richard W. Young of Woodstock and his wife, Monica, spearheaded the effort to complete the monument to Purple Heart recipients of McHenry County.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • A Huey helicopter does a flyover Thursday during the McHenry County Marine Corps League's dedication ceremony.

       A Huey helicopter does a flyover Thursday during the McHenry County Marine Corps League's dedication ceremony.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Veterans in the crowd watch as a T-6 airplane does a flyover at the start of the McHenry County Marine Corps League's dedication of a monument to Purple Heart recipients.

       Veterans in the crowd watch as a T-6 airplane does a flyover at the start of the McHenry County Marine Corps League's dedication of a monument to Purple Heart recipients.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 
 

While about 200 people looked on Thursday, a monument was dedicated on Purple Heart Day to McHenry County residents who have been awarded the medal.

The monument's creation and dedication event at the McHenry County Courthouse was organized by retired Marine Corp. Richard W. Young of Woodstock, and his wife, Monica.

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The double-sided stone monument bears a colored replica of the military medal, along with the insignia of all the branches of the military carved below it.

Three flagpoles also accompany the monument.

A T-6 airplane leaving a smoke trail started the ceremony, followed by a hovering Huey helicopter with saluting soldiers standing outside the doors of the chopper.

Medal of Honor recipient Army Sgt. Alan J. Lynch of Gurnee was a guest speaker at the dedication.

Other guests included state Sen. Pamela J. Althoff and state Rep. Jack D. Franks.

Vietnam Army and Desert Storm Navy veteran Michael Wisniewski of McHenry reflected on the ceremony, saying, "I was deeply impressed by his event, and it was such a wonderful thing to see our injured veterans get the recognition they're due ... The monument says it all."

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