The DeKalb ELKS Lodge 765 new proposed Military Veterans Memorial in DeKalb is breaking ground this week. For those that still want to remember a veteran with an honorary brick, the ELKS has extended the ‘personalized brick program’ until October 11. After this date, the next option to order a customized brick with be October, 2022.
The project was developed to honor both military veterans, current military and Elk members in the northern Illinois area. In front of the flags will be a large brick area featuring inscribed bricks to honor both Military Veterans and Elk members. It is located in the front ‘Plaza of Flags’ and is a place that residents and non-residents can remember loved ones who have served our country in the nation’s different service branches (deceased, living, or active duty).
The new Memorial includes nine flags, the American Flag, Army Flag, Navy Flag, Marine Flag, Coast Guard Flag, Air Force Flag, Space Force Flag, POW-MIA Flag, and ELKS Flag. This area will be branded as the “Plaza of Flags”. Each of the flags and poles will be available to be sponsored by an individual, family, company, or organization. There will be a bronze plaque to acknowledge the sponsor in front of each flag. This lifetime sponsorship is $500.00 for pole/flag with only two Flag poles yet sponsored.
“The row of flags will span 55 feet, giving those coming into DeKalb and Northern Illinois University on Annie Glidden a positive welcome”, commented Robin Franklin, Elk Board Member and Co-Chair of the project. “Our Elks Lodge has a strong commitment to our Veteran Community and feel this Memorial will make the bond with our military family stronger.” The new memorial will be developed on the northern lot next to the Elks Lodge (209 S Annie Glidden Road-DeKalb, IL).
To purchase a memorial brick for a Veteran or Elk member you wish to honor, please contact Robin Franklin for an application (firstname.lastname@example.org). Bricks are $100.00 (regular) and $150.00 (large). Companies and organizations can purchase a larger brick to honor all Veterans.
This project is expected to be completed by Veteran’s Day, 2021.
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