The Healing Field of Honor flags have been taken down, but there will still be a place to honor veterans here in Naperville.
Dozens of residents watched the unveiling of the city’s newest veteran memorial at the Naperville Cemetery.
Four granite benches, a flag pole, brick pavers, and five monoliths make up the monument.
Each granite marker is engraved with the names of the five branches of the armed forces.
The memorial was funded by donations from the American Legion Post 43, the Judd Kendall VFW, the Exchange Club, the Masonic Lodge, and the Grosskopf family.
Cemetery Board Member, James Grosskopf helped design the monument. “I don’t think we could have been more happy as a board with how things turned out.”
Naperville Cemetery authorities say they plan to reserve the plots alongside the memorial for veterans to be buried.
Larry Sukova and his family came from Indiana for the ceremony and to visit the gravesite of his father who served in the military. “We are so grateful for all of the groups and organizations that came together to make this happen. And it’s a reminder of all the services and contributions all the servicemen have provided over the years so we’re grateful to be a part of it on Veterans Day,” said Sukova.
Commemorative bricks to honor veterans are available for $200 each. To purchase one call the cemetery at 630-355-1057.
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