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Veterans Honor Roll commemorative bricks laid

[OCT. 29, 2004]  Work on a project by Lincoln AMVETS Post 71 is now at its peak. The local veterans group enlisted the approval and assistance from the city of Lincoln to improve the local veterans park. Since last spring the group has been collecting names and a $35 fee to install inscribed granite bricks around the memorial.

Almost 1,200 inscribed bricks were purchased and are now laid in All Veterans Park, located at the corner of Union and Ninth streets in Lincoln. Four matching smooth, new gray granite benches surround the setting, offering a place to rest and reflect.

Unlike some other memorials, this program honors all veterans who have served in any branch of the military at any time. It honors those who served in peacetime as well as in a war or conflict whether past or present. The honorees may have served in the Reserves, National Guard, Coast Guard or any other U.S. military service.

"This marks our first installation of any inscribed bricks in All Veterans Park, but we hope to make this an ongoing event," said Les Van Bibber.

Often the time that people give during their military service is the best years of their lives, and some may have even given their lives while serving their country. We need to keep in mind that whether in peacetime or during a war their service provides for our freedom. "We want this park to be a catalyst for that recognition," Van Bibber said.

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The brick program has been a cooperative effort between AMVETS Post 71 of Lincoln, Illinois and Lincoln city officials, with special recognition going to Alderman Derrick Crane and Street Superintendent Tracy Jackson. Without the city's assistance, this project would not have taken place, Van Bibber said.

Arnie Haak, chairman, and Les Van Bibber, co-chairman, head the Post 71 Veterans Honor Roll commemorative brick program. They will continue to accept orders for the inscribed bricks on an ongoing basis. Ruth Haak has served as order and name coordinator for the project.

For information about ordering the bricks, click here.

Order forms are also available at the following Lincoln locations:

  • State Bank of Lincoln

  • City Hall

  • Pete's Hardware

  • Oasis senior center

[News release and Jan Youngquist]

 

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