Braidwood sees progress on veterans memorial
By Mary Baskerville For The Herald-News May 27, 2012 5:26PM
Updated: July 3, 2012 9:44AM
BRAIDWOOD — The Reed Township Memorial, originally constructed in the 1990s, was updated with two new granite wing stones just in time for the ceremony, American Legion Koca Post Commander James Canup said.
The wing stones were added to accommodate additional names of those who have served in the military, he said.
“We’re looking for names,” Canup said. “The original memorial was running out of room for additional names.”
The Legion recently expanded the policy, voting to add the names of any Reed Township veteran with an honorable discharge.
Residents with names of eligible veterans should send the names, along with a copy of the veteran’s honorable discharge papers, to the American Legion Koca Post 39, Post Office Box 339, Braidwood.
Community donations have covered most of the $3,700 cost of the wing stones, engraved with the words “Duty, Honor, Country,” and “Lest We Forget.”
The Legion will pay for the inscription of the veteran’s names. Anyone wishing to contribute to the effort may send donations to the Legion Post.
“We haven’t recovered all of the cost, but we have recovered a great portion,” Canup said.