Arlington Hts. Eternal Flame installed

 
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Updated 10/25/2011 12:37 AM
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  • The 15-foot tall bronze Eternal Flame sculpture by Arlington Heights artist Fran Volz stands at Memorial Park.

    The 15-foot tall bronze Eternal Flame sculpture by Arlington Heights artist Fran Volz stands at Memorial Park. Courtesy Drive to Revive

The 15-foot tall bronze Eternal Flame sculpture designed by Fran Volz of Arlington Heights has been installed in Memorial Park.

The sculpture and granite base cost $110,000, partially because of an increase in copper prices since the project began, said Greg Padovani, chairman of the Drive to Revive Memorial Park Committee.

The committee still owes $25,000 to the Park Foundation and continues to accept contributions for its work at the tiny park at Fremont Street and Chestnut Avenue.

"The beauty of this unique tribute to our veterans and their families is matched by the commitment of all the people who made it happen," Padovani said in a statement.

The community is invited to join the members of the Drive to Revive Memorial Park and the Arlington Heights Historical Museum on Saturday, Nov. 12, for a day of honoring veterans.

•The Tri-State Living History Association and Arlington Heights Historical Museum will host a Veterans breakfast at 10 a.m. at the museum, 110 W. Fremont St. All veterans are welcome to the free breakfast. Reservations are required. Call (847) 255-1225.

• The official dedication of the Eternal Flame will be at 11 a.m. at Memorial Park, Fremont Street and Chestnut Avenue.

• Salute to the Veterans will be from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the grounds of the Arlington Heights Historical Museum, 110 W. Fremont St. The Tri-State Living History Association will display a World War II working field kitchen as well as uniforms and field gear of the 4th Infantry Divsion.

For more information about the dedication of the Eternal Flame, contact Greg Padovani, Drive to Revive Memorial Park Committee, (847) 392-9113 or gpadovani@comcast.net.

For information about the breakfast and living history display at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum, call (847) 255-1225. For more information on Memorial Park, visit ahparkfoundation.org.

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