Civic commitment and patriotism run high in Carol Stream, a community that recently announced plans to renovate and further honor veterans for years to come at Memorial Park, 342 Thunderbird Trl.
A Memorial Park Task Force unveiled plans to include an improved walkway, small shelter, new landscaping and lighting at special Memorial Day 2016 ceremonies. Plans call for reconfiguration and improvement to the existing memorial, which was dedicated to the first Vietnam service member from Carol Stream to be killed in the line of duty. Since then the memorial has recognized fallen police officers, veterans and firefighters for their service and duty. Decorative enhancement features will include a veneered limestone capped seat wall, flag poles and granite markers, recognizing the different military branches.
“The memorial is an important way to honor all of our Carol Stream men and women who serve,” said Carol Stream VFW Commander Jim Benzin, a U.S. Navy veteran who served from 1968 to 1973, including a tour in Vietnam.
“Divided into two distinct sections, the existing memorial stone will be the centerpiece of a meditation area,” Benzin said. “The second section will include a picnic pavilion and a brick plaza featuring five pyramid-shaped granite markers flanked by flags of each of the service branches – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.”
It is hoped renovations and enhancements will be complete in time for Memorial Day 2017 ceremonies.
The Memorial Park Task Force, including members from the Carol Stream VFW, American Legion, village, park district, Chamber of Commerce and volunteers, have launched a $200,000 “Raise The Flag” fundraising campaign in support of memorial renovations.
Tax deductible donations may be sent to the Carol Stream Parks Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization at Carol Stream Parks Foundation c/o 849 W. Lies Road, Carol Stream, IL 60188 info@csparksfoundation.