A final design has been approved for the veterans memorial monument that will be erected in the Marine Village Park.
The Marine Historical Society met on Monday, Nov. 14, and there was extensive discussion about the monument. The site had already been approved by the Village Board. However, a design had not been picked.
Two drafts of monuments were presented to Marine Historical Society members. The members chose the design that has three individual stones. The two outer stones (the ones on the left and right) will list all soldiers from the Marine area who have lost their lives in the military. The center stone will have an eagle at the top with words honoring all those having served in the military. On the bottom of the center stone will be symbols of the five branches of the Armed Forces.
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There will be a brick walkway to the monument, where family and friends will be able to purchase a brick honoring their loved ones, ancestors, friends, etc.
A fundraiser has already been scheduled for May 15, 2017 at Mazzio’s Pizza in Highland from 5 to 9 p.m. A percentage of the sales that night will be donated to the memorial project.
The Marine Historical Society is also planning to publish a book honoring these veterans. Research continues to find all veterans from all wars — from the Mexican War and Civil War until the present time. Any veteran (whether war time, peace time, or reserves) who has served our country will be included in the book.
Any veteran, or anyone who knows of a veteran from the Marine area, who wishes to submit information to be included in the book, should call (618) 972-0725. However, if you don’t let the society know, you may not be included in the book. So, the society asks that you call the above number as soon as possible.
A special meeting has been set for Monday, Jan. 9, 2017 to further discuss and finalize plans for the monument and book. All are invited to attend this very important meeting.