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