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VFW Lilac Post 5815

Lombard, Illinois

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Lombard Veteran's Memorial
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.

The Veterans Memorial was rededicated on Memorial Day, May 25, 2009.

The photos on the left and below show the new flagpoles and flags, paved walkway, and benches by the Rock, along with the new plaques on the wall and the additional flowers that were planted as part of the upgrade.

Many veterans from various periods were on hand for the ceremony, including the Civil War veterans above, as well as President Abraham Lincoln and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, pictured below.

Tom Zilla, Commander, VFW Lilac Post 5815
Tom Zilla spoke, and then Ben Pelz.
Ben Pelz
Both William J. Mueller, President of the Village of Lombard, and Abraham Lincoln spoke to the crowd.
William J. Mueller, President, Village of Lombard Abraham Lincoln
A wreath was placed on the rock, and later Mary Todd Lincoln placed additional flowers there.
Members of Lombard's VFW Lilac Post 5815 and American Legion Post 391 fired a 21-gun salute.

2009 Plaque

 

The plaque from this ceremony reads, "On May 25, 2009 this area is rededicated to all Military Service Personnel." It also lists the major contributors, including Eagle Scout Candidate Ben Pelz and the Lombard VFW Lilac Post 5815 and the Ladies Auxiliary.

 

 

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This page was last updated September 24, 2013.