LYNWOOD, Ill. (May 30, 2022) – Dozens of local residents spent their Memorial Day morning at Liberty Memorial Park in Lynwood for the dedication and ribbon-cutting of a new veterans memorial.
In a windy ceremony that started at 10 a.m., Lynwood officials welcomed local residents, veterans, elected officials, and others to a gazebo overlooking the lake at Liberty Memorial Park on Glenwood Dyer Road.
Speakers at the event were Lynwood Mayor Jada Curry, Lansing veteran Valorie Harris, and Lansing Mayor Patty Eidam. Some other elected officials spoke briefly as well, including State Representative Marcus Evans Jr., Cook County Commissioner Donna Miller, and MWRD Commissioner Chakena Perry.
New memorial on Memorial Day
The new memorial features an inscribed stone, as well as six flag poles and four benches, which overlook the lake at Liberty Memorial Park.
Fred Miller III is a 27-year Lynwood resident, and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. After the dedication ceremony, he told The Lansing Journal, “Since I was a Vietnam-era vet, some recognition is better than none, because when we came back, we didn’t get a whole lot.”
Miller said he would think about his brother — a former Korean war veteran — and the friends he lost in Vietnam when coming to the new Lynwood Veterans Memorial.
The memorial was made possible through donations from both the Center for Islamic Teaching in Harvey — founded by Firoz Vohra — and Lynwood Mobil — owned by Vohra.
“It’s a part of our faith. As Muslims, as part of the Islamic faith, it says in the Quran that you have to appreciate and show gratitude to the people who have sacrificed. It comes from the faith,” Vohra told The Lansing Journal.
Memorial dedication in photos
The order of the event is told below in photos:
Liberty Memorial Park is located at 3107 Glenwood Dyer Road in Lynwood.