The first "Wall of Honor" at the Veterans Memorial at the Lanark Cemetery is complete, as volunteers placed 50 more memorial stones Saturday morning, Sept. 20.
LaMoille Poffenberger said that Jake Thomas of Lake Carroll is still organizing his Eagle Scout Project, which will add 2 flagpoles to the right and left of the American Flag pole at the memorial site. "They will fly the Illinois State flag and the POW flag," Poffenberger said. "Lights will also be installed to highlight the Walls of Honor," he added.
"When complete, Tony Burkholder of Real Design Concrete will texture-spray the completed memorial walls to give them a finished, uniform look," Poffenberger said. "We finished the first wall and added three rows to the second. We still have room for 121 memorial stones."
Memorial stones are $75 each and may be ordered by contacting Poffenberger at , Melvin Colberg at 493-6423, Ellis Boughton at 864-2049, Wayne Derrer at 493-2157, or Larry Koning at 493-6481.
(PA photos & video/Tom Kocal)
(Right) John "Possum" Mueller and Kevin Barnes level one of the stones placed in the second wall. They represent the Lanark Community Club, and have been working diligently with the Lanark American Legion and VFW to set the stones when they arrive.
(Top) Melvin Colberg (l to r), Larry Koning, Mark Dollinger, Ed Fehlhafer, and Wayne Derrer admire the handiwork of the volunteers. Dollinger worked with Barnes and Mueller, while the other four are Lanark Veteran Memorial Wall committee members. "Wall of Honor" plaques were also installed on the ends of the walls (see top photo).
Two granite benches have been added to the Lanark Veteran's Memorial at the Lanark Cemetery. At left, LaMoille Poffenberger is with the bench donated to honor Michael Crichton, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1994 to 1998.
Ellis Boughton (right) sits on the bench donated by Tim Foltz and Circle T Construction of Lanark, "as a thank you to those who served!"