Correction 11/10/17, 12:31 p.m.: This information came courtesy of the Village of Bolingbrook website. It was erroneously credited to one of our reporters. The Bugle apologizes for the error.
Bolingbrook keeps its vow to never forget the service of its veterans with a new memorial being dedicated at this year’s Veteran’s Day ceremony, Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at 375 W. Briarcliff Road.
From December 1961 through March 1973, 58,220 Vietnam Veterans died in service to the United States. At the end of the war, returning soldiers arrived home to disdain and disrespect receiving neither glory nor compassion.
According to organizers, although nothing can alter past actions, an inscribed stone erected at the Village of Bolingbrook’s Veterans Memorial (adjacent to the entrance of Village Hall) will raise awareness of the sacrifices Vietnam veterans made for future generations.
In an effort to preserve history, community member Peggie McMillan, Bolingbrook’s 2017 Female Citizen of the Year, took the lead in the project described as a a silent tribute to the men and women who played a variety of roles during the long years of the Vietnam conflict. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Stone will stand as a special place where surviving soldiers, family and friends find comfort, solace and recognition.
In addition to paying homage, it is hoped that the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Stone provokes conversation in ways that connect younger generations to stories from the past.