VFW Lilac Post 5815

Lombard, Illinois

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Upgrade and Rededication
May 25, 2009

Lombard's Veterans Memorial is located in the Sunken Garden in Lombard Commons, a beautiful park nearly 50 acres in size.  The memorial itself has been called simply "The Rock."

Ben Pelz, a member of Lombard Boy Scout Troop 51, decided to upgrade the Veterans Memorial as his Eagle Scout project.

Veterans Memorial Rock

As shown in the above photo, there are two plaques on the Veterans Memorial Rock.  The photo on the right enlarges the plaque on the left side of the rock.

Original Plaque on the Rock

This plaque on the left side of the rock lists names of people who served in the Civil War, Spanish American War, and World War I. It shows "They Served Their Country in Her Hour of Need." Click on the above image to view a much larger photo, and click on that photo to enlarge it enough to read the plaque. Use your browser's BACK button to return to this page.

2000 Plaque on Lombard Veterans Memorial Rock

The photo on the left shows the newer plaque on the Lombard Veterans Memorial.  It can be seen on the right side of the rock in the above photo.

This plaque shows "They Gave Their Lives for Our Country" and lists local people who died during World War II and in Vietnam.

It also shows that it was dedicated on Memorial Day, May 29, 2000.

Ben Pelz presented his original proposal to the Lombard VFW Lilac Post 5815 in September 2008 and discussed suggestions with the members.

It called for the addition of flagpoles, benches, and a walkway. 

Everyone liked his ideas, and the VFW Lilac Post 5815 and its Ladies Auxiliary both made donations.

Ben Pelz

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This page last updated October 23, 2013.