|A new Honor Roll was dedicated in
October, 2003. This is the story behind it.
Veronica Briscar Valentovich
in front of the original
Lemont Honor Roll - 1943
The New Lemont Furnace
October 11, 2003
New veterans' honor roll to be dedicated in Lemont Furnace
By Josh Krysak , Herald-Standard
After having to
delay the dedication of a new honor roll in Lemont Furnace because of
location concerns, area residents will have a chance Saturday to
commemorate those who have served in the armed forces as the new wall
will finally be dedicated at 1 p.m.
Members of the Lemont Furnace Crime Watch/Concerned Citizens have
worked for about five years to build the new honor roll and to secure
grants to fund the project, member Connie Bryner said. She said the
project has cost about $10,000 and is being funded through a grant
from State Rep. Richard Kasunic and Arthur Cappella, the county's
chief community development specialist. Bryner said without Cappella,
the dream of an honor roll might not have become a reality.
"He helped us so much. He actually helped us write the grant," she
According to Bryner, the new honor roll will not be located where the
old one once stood before being destroyed in the 1960s, but has been
built at the North Union Township fire Department along with a
firefighter's memorial, which will not be dedicated until completion
later this year.
"The firemen were generous enough to let us build it at the fire
department," Bryner said.
The location for the honor roll had to be moved after the North Union
Township Supervisors expressed concerns about reconstructing the
memorial at the old location at Hawks Crossing.
Supervisors said the location did not provide adequate parking and
that vandalism would also be a concern. They suggested the honor roll
be built on the fire department grounds.
Bryner said the new honor roll will not have the individual names of
the veterans on it as the committee had trouble compiling a list of
all the veterans from the area, but will have plaques dedicated to
each branch of the armed forces. She said with the names left off the
wall, no one gets left out by mistake.
"It will honor veterans of past, present and future wars," she said.
Bryner said the honor roll will have three flagpoles and will also
have 13 flags representing the 13 wars U.S. forces have been engaged
in. She said four guest speakers are planned for the event including
Kasunic and Cappella, and that refreshments will be served.
For Bryner and the other members of the committee, the dedication is
the completion of a goal that started over five years ago when the
group decided the honor roll needed to be rebuilt so area citizens
could remember the sacrifice of those who have served.
"We just thought we needed a wall to honor the veterans again," she
ŠThe Herald Standard 2003
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