Korean War Veterans’ Association reaches halfway point for memorial

The Greater Rockford Area Korean War Veterans’ Association Chapter 272 President Jack F. Philbrick announced, “The Chapter has exceeded the halfway point with $71,000 raised to date to fund a tri-county Korean War memorial.” A total of 55 men died during the Korean War from Winnebago, Ogle and Boone counties.

Philbrick went on to note that “the final goal of the Chapter’s share set with the Rockford Park District is $129,000. This will contain $15,000 to establish a maintenance fund.”

The memorial will be in Anderson Peace Park on Riverside Boulevard in Loves Park, near the current Field of Honor. Though it was originally planned for construction in the fall of 2007, Philbrick stated: “We will start the minute the funds are available if the Park District is ready. This could be by the 4th of July, 2007.”

The agreement with the Park District provides for the District to do the actual supervision of the construction to ensure coordination. More than 100 memorial bricks have been sold at $50 each.

“It has been rewarding to see the people that support this project,” said Philbrick. “Seventy percent of the donations have been from the veterans and the families of the veterans. We believe this is less than 1 percent of the area’s population. It is difficult competing with the large number of groups seeking donations. The Rockford Park District Foundation alone has recently announced drives for two other memorials planned for the same site. Our average member’s age is approximately 76, so we must get the project moving; no donation is too small,” Philbrick stated.

Donations by check should be mailed to Korean War Memorial, c/o Memorial Hall, 211 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61101.

For more information, call 226-1601.

From the Aug. 2-8, 2006, issue

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