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Lake in the Hills raising money for veteran’s memorial

Published: Saturday, March 15, 2014 10:39 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, March 15, 2014 10:41 p.m. CDT

LAKE IN THE HILLS – Village officials are working on raising money for a veteran’s memorial at Village Hall.

About $1,000 has been raised, said Village Trustee Russ Ruzanski, who is part of the village’s veterans committee.

As part of this year’s budget, the village has allocated $40,000 to help get the project off the ground. However, it will cost $150,000 for the first phase of the project, Ruzanski said.

The goal this year is to raise enough money to get started, Ruzanski said.

“It will be a lot of work, a lot of shoe leather,” Ruzanski said. “We’ll try to get businesses involved, as well.”

Ruzanski said presentations have been made to Rotary clubs and local banks about making contributions to the project. The committee also plans to promote the memorial at the village’s outdoor concert series, junior eagle events, at the annual Rotary Ribfest and the Summer Sunset Festival.

“Hopefully this summer we’re going to take a big divot out of that amount,” Ruzanski said.

Ruzanski said the memorial will include a brick walking path around the Village Hall and a curved wall, with five granite pieces representing different branches of military service.

“It’s kind of in its infancy, but we want to move it along, and really go leaps and bounds this year if we can,” Ruzanski said.

Committee members also plan to sell bricks and benches for people to memorialize specific veterans, Ruzanski said

“There’s not a lot of places in this area for people to go to and honor their veterans,” Ruzanski said. “We’re going to try to make this a place where people can go and meditate a little bit. They maybe a veteran, they may know a veteran, or be someone who wants some peace and quiet and do a little praying.”

To contribute toward the Lake in the Hills veteran’s memorial, send donations to Village Hall, 600 Harvest Gate, Lake in the Hills, IL 60156.

For more information about the memorial project, call 847-960-7400.

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