Lake in the Hills veterans memorial receives financial boost

LAKE IN THE HILLS – The village's Veterans Memorial project has received a financial boost.

The Lake in the Hills Rotary Club has committed $45,000 over three years to help with the construction of the project. The first installment of $15,000 was made this week.

Presently, the village has $61,000 collected toward the project, said Village Trustee Russ Ruzanski.

Castle Bank, which has set up an account for people to donate toward the project, plans to contribute up to $10,000 toward the project, in two installments.

Of that money, $40,000 has been committed by the village.

Ruzanski said the village is hoping to start work on the memorial at Village Hall between Labor Day and Veterans Day. A formal groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Veterans Day.

The village needs $150,000 for the first phase of the project, and between $275,000 and $300,000 in all to complete the project.

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.

Veterans memorial committee members also plan to sell bricks and benches for people to memorialize specific veterans, Ruzanski has said.

Ruzanski said about $1,000 has been raised through small donations collected at various locations, including at last year's Summer Sunset Festival.

"A little here, and a little there," Ruzanski said.

To donate

To contribute to the Village of Lake in the Hills Veterans Memorial Fund account, visit the Castle Bank locations in the village at 2100 W. Algonquin Road or 4520 W. Algonquin Road.

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