Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Local News

May 20, 2013

Crowd turns out to dedicate VFW memorial

After months of design, construction and maintenance, the new memorial at Effingham VFW Post 1769 was dedicated during a ceremony Saturday.

More than 100 people attended the dedication of the granite memorial with bricks commemorating past and present members of the organization. The memorial, which stands in front of the post facing the road and is surrounded by flags, was designed by 30-year post member Niles Conkling.

”It’s amazing,” Conkling said of the first design project he’d ever done. “I stand back in awe of what it turned out to be.”

The guest speaker for the event, Lt. Richard Boone, an Effingham County native and current Department of Defense employee, said the monument stands as a testament to the rich history of service from the men and women of the county.

”It’s obvious why so many servicemen come from Effingham County,” he said. “We have pride and love of country and the heart of small town America that makes good soldiers. This monument and your presence here speaks volumes.”

Construction of the memorial began in the spring and summer of 2012, with memorial bricks being placed in the fall. Conkling said the addition of the memorial bricks, as well as some placement and design aspects of the memorial, were made as a group.

While the memorial was only just dedicated, Conkling said he has already received many compliments on the design and execution from members and non-members alike.

”I have had I don’t know how many calls from people about it,” he said. “People stop by and just tell us how beautiful it is. Any kind of memorial like this is always such a benefit to the community.”

Conkling said he still looks forward to hearing how people respond to it every time they see it.

”It turned out great,” he said. “I never imagined it would turn out this way. Every time someone drives by, they’ll get to see it and once you know it’s here, you’ll look for it every time.”

Jackson Adams can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 131, or jackson.adams@effinghamdailynews.com.

Text Only
Local News
  • Missouri driver ejected, killed Tuesday ST. ELMO -- A driver from Missouri was killed when the semi she was driving overturned on Interstate 70 Tuesday. Royce E. Horton, 50, of Highlandville, Mo., was driving a maroon and white Freightliner truck-tractor westbound at 3:36 a.m. Tuesday on I

    April 24, 2014

  • Stew-Stras to upgrade technology STRASBURG -- With no new technology purchased since 2011, new computers will finally be coming to Stewardson-Strasburg Schools starting next year. Superintendent Michele Lindenmeyer said the district will be rolling out technology in phases over the

    April 24, 2014

  • Semi driver dead in accident on I-70

    A semi driver from Missouri was killed when their vehicle overturned on I-70 Tuesday.

    April 23, 2014

  • Shumway meth suspects plead not guilty

    Two of the four arrested in a Shumway methamphetamine bust earlier this month pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Effingham County Circuit Court.

    April 22, 2014

  • Man found dead from gunshot wound ST. ELMO -- Fayette County authorities are investigating two unrelated deaths over the weekend. Matthew Austin, 47, of St. Elmo was found dead in his pickup by a family member at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at 501 W. Cumberland Road in St. Elmo. Austin appear

    April 22, 2014

  • Library seeks community support

    With a bid letting set for September and renovation of the old Fifth Third Bank slated to begin in December, the Library Board is actively looking for community support in fundraising. 

    April 21, 2014

  • Effingham man gets five-year sentence for meth lab

    An Effingham man was sentenced to five years in prison Monday on a charge of participation in methamphetamine manufacturing.

    April 21, 2014

  • Grand jury indicts Miller on new charge

    An Effingham County grand jury indicted an Altamont man last week on drug-induced homicide charges stemming from the heroin overdose death of an Effingham woman earlier this year.

    April 21, 2014

  • Effingham woman found dead in Vandalia home

    An Effingham woman was found dead in a friend's home Saturday in Vandalia.

    April 21, 2014

  • St. Elmo man found dead of gunshot wound

    Investigations are underway after a man was found dead in a truck in St. Elmo Saturday.

    April 21, 2014

AP Video

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.