Monday, May 31, 2010

Pictures of Memorial Day 2010 at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois

President Obama speaks to the crowd at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.  President Obama directed everyone back to their cars because of lightning and heavy rain.


President Obama, Memorial Day Service 2010 at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery



An honor guard at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony



Flags at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery

Flags and the crowd at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Memorial Day 2010

MP Officer, Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Memorial Day 2010



President Obama Participates in Memorial Day Ceremony at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois

President Obama will participate in the Memorial Day Service today at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois.

Pace buses are currently busing the public from a parking lot to the cemetery.

Will County Sheriff Officers help direct Pace shuttle buses to the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois.  Pictured is the entrance to the cemetery at Rt. 53 and Hoff Road.


An American Legion Post prepares to conduct a Memorial Day Service at a local Elwood Cemetery.  In the background, a police office directs traffic to the parking lot for the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Memorial Day Service.



A police office directs traffic to the parking lot for the Memorial Day Ceremony at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. A large crowd is expected to turn out to see President Obama.  


Pace buses shuttle people from the parking lot to Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery provides instructions for those attending Memorial Day Ceremony, where President Obama will participate

Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery has released information for those planning on attending Memorial Day Services on May 31, 2010.  President Obama will participate in the ceremony.

Instructions for attending the service include information regarding parking and security.

The event is free and open to the public and no tickets are required.

For those living in Chicago and areas north of the cemetery who may want to take the train in and then have someone pick them up, the closest Metra stations are in Joliet and Manhattan. 

For those driving, you will park at West Baseline Rd and Mississippi Ave. in Elwood, IL, and then be shuttled in by bus to the cemetery.  Buses will also take you back to your car at the end of the ceremony.

According to the Instructions, carpooling is stronly encouraged.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

President Obama to Participate in 2010 Memorial Day Ceremony at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois

According to a press release on whitehouse.gov, President Barack Obama will participate in the 2010 Memorial Day ceremony at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois.

From the press release:

 "WASHINGTON—On Thursday, May 27, President Barack Obama and his family will travel to Chicago, where they will spend the weekend.  On Monday, the President will participate in a Memorial Day ceremony at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois."

On May 30, 2005, then U.S. Senator Obama participated in the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Memorial Day Ceremony, his first visit to the National Cemetery located about an hour south of Chicago.






Here is a map of Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois:

Here are scanned images of the Program for the 2005 Memorial Day Ceremony at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois.  Obama gave the Memorial Day Address at the May 30, 2005 Ceremony.  

Image of the inside of the program from the 2005 Memorial Day Ceremony at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery:





Photo of Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois




Photo of flagpole and monument, Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, Elwood, Illinois



2010 Memorial Day in Braidwood, Illinois


The sacrifice of many will be recalled during the annual Reed Township Memorial Day Program in Braidwood, Illinois.

Sponsored by the American Legion Koca Post 39, the ceremony begins at 9 a.m., at the Reed Township Veterans Memorial on Main Street, directly across from the Braidwood City Hall on Monday. Speakers will be State Rep. Careen Gordon and Braidwood Mayor Sue Grygiel.

The Invocation will be by Rev. Kurt Ulmer of Shepherd of Peace Lutheran Church. The “Star Spangled Banner” will be presented by the Reed Custer Music Department Madrigal Choir.   American Legion Koca Post # 39 Commander James Canup will welcome everyone.

Each of the Armed Forces songs will be played, with veterans from each branch standing during the song. Placing of the wreath, Taps, closing remarks and benediction will close the ceremony, following by everyone singing, “God Bless America.”

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Island City Memorial in Wilmington, Illinois Honors those who have Served for our Freedom


WILMINGTON ILLINOIS— The Island City Memorial will honor all who have worked, fought or served our country.
Wilmington resident Bert Niehls is spearheading the movement to construct the memorial. With nearly 200 memorial stones already sold, the project near the entrance to North Island Park is moving forward, he said.  
The memorial will feature three large standing pieces of black marble, with the emblems of all six branches of the military service. The marble will be imported from Italy. The centerpiece of the memorial will read: “In honored memory of all who have fallen and all who have served for our freedom." 
The 100-foot flagpole was rescued from the former Joliet Army Ammunition Plant and is also a focal point of the memorial.
Some 200 stones have already been sold. Those still wishing to remember the sacrifice of their loved ones may contact Niehls at (815) 560-1039. The cost is $100 for the memorial stone, which includes engraving. Each stone can carry up to six lines of type, with 17 spaces per line, he said.  

100-foot flagpole rescued from the former Joliet Army Ammunition Plant is a focal point of the Island City Memorial in Wilmington Illinois

Sunday, May 2, 2010

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds in use at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Will County awarded 3.1 million from Department of Energy ARRA funds

The United States Department of Agriculture has placed a video on YouTube showing how American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds are being used at the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie:

The video shows several young adults cutting brush in order to prevent the 
brush from invading Midewin's areas of restored tallgrass prairie.


Furthermore, the office of Will County Executive Larry Walsh recently released a press release stating Will County has been awarded a 3.1 million dollar energy efficiency and conservation block grant by the Department of Energy, which 
received funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The press release, dated April 12, 2010, also states:


"JOLIET, Illinois – Will County Executive Larry Walsh announced that Will County is the recipient of a $3.1 million grant from the United States Department of Energy (DOE) which will be used to fund many County energy efficiency initiatives including a Gas-to-Energy plant, energy retrofits on County facilities, environmental education programs, and formation of a “Green team” to guide future sustainability efforts. 

Last fall, the DOE announced $3.2 billion under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) would be available to local entities to fund energy efficiency projects. The County will use its share of these funds for local projects, which in turn, will help stimulate the local economy and create jobs.  

“These projects are going to help jump start our local economy now,” said Will County Executive Larry Walsh. “It is great to have this opportunity to put local people back to work in a challenging economy while still doing something that helps our environment.” 

Will County has also entered into an agreement with Waste Management to build a gas to energy plant at the County-owned Prairie View Landfill in Wilmington. The County has allocated approximately $1 million of stimulus money for equipment at this plant, while Waste Management is putting over $6 million of private sector funds into the construction costs.   The engines that will power this gas-to-energy conversion process will be Caterpillar engines made in 
Illinois. ""

Prairie View Landfill is located on the grounds of the former Joliet Arsenal Ammunition Plant.

The press release goes on to describe how the decaying garbage will create energy, and other projects and jobs the 3.1 million dollar award will fund:

"The methane gas created from the decaying garbage, which is currently flared off with no return revenue, will soon be captured and converted into energy which will be sold on the electric grid to power 2,000 homes. The County will receive revenue from the sale of the methane gas and the sale of the electricity. This new revenue source is expected to provide a return on this initial investment for many years into the future. 

The County also plans an aggressive schedule of retrofit projects on county facilities which include upgrading windows, HVAC units, and roofs on Sunny Hill Nursing Home, the County Office Building, the Highway Department building, and the EMCO building which houses the State’s Attorney’s office.   

"This grant further advances Will County's innovative efforts to help achieve a sustainable future through such varied approaches as alternative fuel generation, energy conservation, expanded recycling and promotion of other environmentally sound household, business and governmental practices", said Curt Paddock, Director of the Will County Land Use Department. 

The funding has also paid for an environmental educator who is working with local schools to educate students about recycling and conservation.  A “green” website is being developed as a resource for local residents and as an educational tool for Will County students.  The website 
will grow as future sustainability programming is developed. 

Finally, Walsh will be establishing a “green team” made up of County officials and employees who will assist in steering these projects forward, and make suggestions for further sustainable activities.   

“In this difficult economic climate, the County continues to seek cost-cutting measures and alternate revenue sources,” Walsh said. “These projects are examples of the County’s continued commitment to fiscal and environmental responsibility.” "

For more information on the use of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, visit: recovery.gov.