Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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May 31, 2011

Ground broken for veterans memorial

EFFINGHAM — Making Memorial Day what it’s meant to be, the Effingham County Veterans Memorial Committee broke ground on the courthouse lawn Monday for the new veterans memorial, pushing the hope for a tangible commemoration one step closer.

    Chris Thies, chairman of the committee, said the new memorial is planned for completion by November, exactly 20 years to the date when the first memorial was placed downtown. The date is slated for Nov. 11.

    During the groundbreaking ceremony, Thies recognized that group of veterans who placed the first memorial in 1991. Those members include Herb Gaffigan, Paul Kralman, Frank Kabbes, George Dehn, Don Eden, Robert Kralman, John Schimmelpfenning, Stanley Richardson, Allen Wente and Burl Boyer.

    “Now another committee of Effingham County veterans have come together to expand this memorial with pillar stones that will be engraved with the names of Effingham County veterans — from the Revolutionary War to present — in peace time and in war times, with room for names to be added in the future,” Thies said during the ceremony.

    The committee is still looking for funding for the project. Members budgeted $225,000 for the memorial and still need around $131,000.

    For those who would like to donate to the fund, send form of payment to Effingham County Veterans Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 203, Effingham, IL 62401.

    For those in Effingham County who served or whose family members served and were honorably discharged and would like their soldier’s name engraved on the memorial may contact Thies at 217-347-2161 or e-mail ctthies@yahoo.com. Deadline for submissions is early September.

    Samantha Newburn may be reached at 217-347-7151 ext. 131 or samantha.newburn@effinghamdailynews.com.

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