The Northern Illinois Veterans Memorial in Kirkland has been desecrated over the past couple of years. Name panels have been ripped off, gang graffiti sprayed on the wall of the memorial, etchings ripped off, damage to the corners by skateboarders, and reports from the police chief of Kirkland of people climbing on the top of the wall desecrating the memorial in even more horrible ways that we won’t mention.
We’ve included a couple of pictures at the end of this article, of the memorial taken by Lisa Wilcox at the Veteran’s Day celebration yesterday.
Next May, the Northern Illinois Veterans Memorial will be celebrating 20 yrs. The NI Veterans Committee wants to make Memorial Day special to commemorate this milestone. If you are as outraged as we are about the condition of our Veterans Memorial, help us help the Northern Illinois Veterans Committee raise funds to purchase security cameras and to repair this beautiful memorial honoring our county’s veterans. This memorial was built for and by DeKalb County citizens and should be considered a treasured landmark.
The committee is in the process of gathering quotes for the repair of the memorial. The committee would like to raise money for the repair of the memorial as well as the purchase and installation of security cameras. They have been working with local police departments about the mechanics of monitoring security cameras for the past several months and now feel that the monitoring can be done if the funds were available to purchase the cameras. If you would like to help, send checks to Northern Illinois Memorial Fund, c/o Alpine Bank, 306 W. Main St., Kirkland, Il. 60146.
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