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[MAY 20, 2004]  Most of the recent refurbishing and construction at All Veterans Park on Union Street is completed, and inscribed granite bricks to honor individual veterans will be laid as soon as possible. The inscribed bricks will form the Logan County Veterans Honor Roll, which will surround All Veterans Monument in the park.

Lincoln AMVETS Post 71 urges all veterans, their families and friends to order granite bricks for the honor roll at the park. Each brick ordered will be inscribed with a veteran's name, branch of service and any other information provided that will fit into three lines of 13 characters per line (including punctuation and spaces).

Besides veterans themselves purchasing these bricks, many people are buying them in memory of loved ones from all wars, conflicts or police actions, as well as the Cold War. There is no requirement that the veteran must have served overseas or in battle. Veterans from the U.S. military, National Guard or Reserves will be recognized. And, in the future bricks can be laid for anyone who goes into the service, whether during war or peacetime.

Arnold Haak, 1st vice commander of AMVETS Post 71 and chairman of the honor roll project, said in a news release, "It is most fitting that we honor our veterans by laying these bricks in their honor." It shows that we are "appreciative of their having served our country, and in doing so they have preserved our freedoms that we so enjoy today because of their sacrifices."

"Many served our country in positions that had to be maintained by military and never saw the battles, but they served. They are veterans. And, being veterans, they helped in the actions that kept America free from communism, dictatorship or worse. Freedom is not free! Sacrifices must be made to keep freedom. And all the veterans have done so."

The honor roll in the park is being constructed as a lasting way to honor them.

 

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Application forms for the bricks have been distributed all over town. Businesses where the forms are available include B & K Antiques, Pete's Hardware, VFW Post 1756, American Legion Post 263, Manley's Monuments, Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce, Knights of Columbus Hall, Oasis senior center, Logan County Bank, State Bank on Broadway and Woodlawn Road, Ken's Barber Shop, Eagles Lodge, and the Kickapoo Street Dollar Store. Forms also can be secured from Arnold Haak, Gene Johnson, Lester Van Bibber and Louise Cobb.

The forms include full instructions. To order an inscribed brick to honor a veteran, pick up an application, complete it, attach a check for $35 per brick and send to the address on the form.

Arnold Haak, Chairman

AMVETS Logan County Veterans Honor Roll

Lincoln AMVETS Post 71

1417 N. Logan St.

Lincoln, IL 62656-1222

Meeting note

Lincoln AMVETS Post and Auxiliary 71 will have a regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 24, at 1417 N. Logan St. in Lincoln. All members are invited to attend.

[From news releases
provided by Arnold Haak]

 

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