ELBURN - Elburn American Legion Post 630 will celebrate Veterans Day with a dedication of a memorial that honors local veterans who served in World War I and World War II.
The public is invited to attend the ceremony at 11 a.m. on Sun. Nov. 11. The new memorial is located in the newly named Veterans Memorial Park, 301 E. North St.
American Legion members recently installed two bronze plaques that have hung in the American Legion Post since 1953 on newly built brick walls in the park. One of the plaques features the names of eight soldiers who died during World War I and World War II, while the other includes the names of the Elburn veterans who served in either war. The Legion has also installed five permanent flagpoles to fly the five service flags on holidays and special occasions. Both the memorial plaques and the flagpoles will be lighted.
The ceremony will include remarks by keynote speaker Paul Gardner, past Department of Illinois American Legion Commander, and a rifle volley performed by the Elburn American Legion Post Honor Guard.
Elburn resident and World War II veteran Claude Henderson, whose name is on one of the plaques, will be at the ceremony with his wife Doris, as will a niece and nephew of World War II veteran Robert Motz. Legion Post Chaplain Jim Elgar will offer the opening and closing prayers and American Bank & Trust Elburn Branch Manager Katherine Bettinghaus will sing the national anthem. Gary Moore of the Blackberry Masonic Lodge 359 will place a cornerstone on one of the memorial walls.