Flossmoor Veterans’ Memorial Inc. (FVM) President Paul Braun will present “Honoring Flossmoor Veterans Past and Future” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, via video conferencing program Zoom.
The 45-minute program will be presented by Braun and members of the FVM board of directors and steering committee.
The presentation is provided in partnership between FVM and Flossmoor Public Library with a grant from Illinois Humanities’ Activate History program.
In September 2021, FVM launched its $100,000 fundraising campaign to build and maintain a memorial to Flossmoor veterans. In partnership with the Village of Flossmoor, FVM expects to construct the Veterans’ Wall of Honor on a 9,500-square foot parcel north of Flossmoor Road and east of the Metra/CN railroad tracks.
Designed by Flossmoor architect Michael Matthys, the Wall of Honor will provide a tribute to all current and former Flossmoor residents who are serving or have served our nation’s Armed Forces.
“We’ve raised 25% of our Wall of Honor goal,” Braun said. “Through this program on May 12, FVM’s fundraising efforts, project goals and history of the project will be presented to the community.”
The Illinois Humanities grant also underwrites the cost of a “Historic Flossmoor Sites” coloring book created by FVM Vice President Dick Condon. Condon, a Korean War veteran who moved to Flossmoor in 1932, has hand-drawn copies of 16 historic Flossmoor photographs.
Every person registering for the Zoom program will receive a complimentary coloring book.
“We’ll keep residents updated on our fundraising goals,” said Braun. “We welcome every donation and appreciate the community’s support.”
Other corporate officers and members of the fundraising and communications subcommittees include John Beele, Kristine Condon, Flossmoor Village Trustee Brian Driscoll, Jim Fornaciari, Josh Grenard, Robert Guilfoyle, Phil Lee, Flossmoor Village Clerk Gina LoGalbo, Tony Manos, Greg Mitchell, Erich Stockwell, and Calvin Young. Flossmoor Mayor Michelle Nelson serves as an ex-officio member of the committee.
For more information, or to provide the name of a veteran to the group’s
commemorative program booklet, visit @honoringflossmoorvets on Facebook, @FlossmoorVWH on Twitter, https://flossmoorvets.square.site on the web, or email [email protected].
To register for the May 12 program, please email [email protected] (subject heading: Veterans Wall) to receive information on how to access the presentation.