On Saturday morning, May 19, Downers Grove Township held a brief Armed Forces Day ceremony for the over two hundred veterans, stretching back to The War of 1812, at Oak Crest and Oak Hill Township Cemeteries.

The Township Cemetery Foundation honored the veterans resting here with a boulder monument dedicated to the five branches of service. This was made possible by the leadership efforts kind support of, in particular, Don and Elizabeth McNeely of Downers Grove. Years of work put in by a large and diverse group of Township residents, staff, and elected officials have brought us far. Once described (accurately) as a placed filled with dead trees, overgrown invasive weeds and shrubs, dog poop, broken booze bottles and vandalized headstones, many have worked diligently to create a place of peace, where those who have gone on before us now rest in peace, with dignity and grace.

Our thanks to Downers Grove Mayor Martin Tully, State Representative David Olsen, and former Township Supervisor Frank Wurster in addition to current Township elected officials and the residents who came to show their respect for those who served.

The Oak Hill and Oak Crest Cemetery Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) not for profit organization dedicated to supporting the Township cemeteries. Contributions are tax deductible.

 

 

 

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